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80-year-old Robbery Victim Gets Involved – Takes on Her Robber In Court – Robber Goes to Prison for 20 Years. YEAH!!

                   On Novemeber 28, 2012 seventy-nine year old Betty Curtis decided that she was going to play the lottery.  She and her daughter, Brinley, went to the Shell gas station out on Richmond Road around 7:20 that night.  Brinley drove, parked the car near the front of the store, and remained in the car.  Betty, with her wallet in her hands, got out of the car and went inside to buy a lottery ticket.  But on that night, Betty wasn’t going to be lucky enough to win the lottery, in fact, she wasn’t even going to get the chance to play.

                  This is the case of Commonwealth versus Timothy Hatton which we will be discussing on the show tomorrow.  On this night, Betty walked into the gas station and got in line directly behind Timothy Hatton.  Hatton grabbed for Betty’s wallet and eventually was able to get the wallet away from her.  Hatton ran out of the gas station and Betty followed!  Hatton jumped into the getaway car and Betty continued to follow.  Betty ran to the driver’s side and was able to open the door.  However, it was then that Betty found herself trapped!  The getaway car backed up and this caused Betty to go backwards with the car.  Betty received cuts, bruises, fractures, and a lot of pain.  Hatton ended up being sentenced to serve 20 years for the Robbery 1st charge.

                   Victim Betty Curtis is a call-in guest on Today’s show. Listen to hear her side of the story!

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                On Novemeber 28, 2012 seventy-nine year old Betty Curtis decided that she was going to play the lottery.  She and her daughter, Brinley, went to the Shell gas station out on Richmond Road around 7:20 that night.  Brinley drove, parked the car near the front of the store, and remained in the car.  Betty, with her wallet in her hands, got out of the car and went inside to buy a lottery ticket.  But on that night, Betty wasn’t going to be lucky enough to win the lottery, in fact, she wasn’t even going to get the chance to play.

                  This is the case of Commonwealth versus Timothy Hatton which we will be discussing on the show tomorrow.  On this night, Betty walked into the gas station and got in line directly behind Timothy Hatton.  Hatton grabbed for Betty’s wallet and eventually was able to get the wallet away from her.  Hatton ran out of the gas station and Betty followed!  Hatton jumped into the getaway car and Betty continued to follow.  Betty ran to the driver’s side and was able to open the door.  However, it was then that Betty found herself trapped!  The getaway car backed up and this caused Betty to go backwards with the car.  Betty received cuts, bruises, fractures, and a lot of pain.  Hatton ended up being sentenced to serve 20 years for the Robbery 1st charge.

                   The special guests for the show tomorrow will be Victim Betty Curtis, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Kinsolving, and Victim’s Advocate Mary Houlihan!

 

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Victim Betty Curtis

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Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Megan Kinsolving

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Victim’s Advocate Mary Houlihan




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Friday’s show on American DA Live we will have guest speaker Chief of Police Ronnie Bastin. He will be discussing how to deal with crowd control and how they handle the incidents that occurred during the recent NCAA tournaments.

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The LFA King

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On today’s show we discussed the ongoing problem of what the police department calls “Larceny from Auto”, or LFA crimes.  This is a very common form of theft in Lexington and the police department spends a lot of time and resources dealing with criminals who steal things like computers, wallets, checkbooks, purses, and other items from cars.

Charles Smith, who has an extensive criminal history of property crimes including LFA’s and burglaries, was released from prison in January of 2012 and was arrested again in a matter of months when he resumed his pattern of breaking into cars and homes in Lexington.  He was released on bond several times, arrested again, and ultimately received another lengthy prison sentence.

Sergeant Todd Iddings was one of the investigators who dealt with Charles Smith’s crime spree, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren prosecuted Smith once again.  They talked about the case, as well as LFA crimes in general. We also had several victims of this crime to call in and share their experiences with the audience.




COMING SOON to American DA – “The LFA King”

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Today we’ll discuss the ongoing problem of what the police department calls “Larceny from Auto”, or LFA crimes.  This is a very common form of theft in Lexington and the police department spends a lot of time and resources dealing with criminals who steal things like computers, wallets, checkbooks, purses, and other items from cars.

Charles Smith, who has an extensive criminal history of property crimes including LFA’s and burglaries, was released from prison in January of 2012 and was arrested again in a matter of months when he resumed his pattern of breaking into cars and homes in Lexington.  He was released on bond several times, arrested again, and ultimately received another lengthy prison sentence.

Sergeant Todd Iddings was one of the investigators who dealt with Charles Smith’s crime spree, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dan Laren prosecuted Smith once again.  They’ll talk about the case, as well as LFA crimes in general, and we’ve invited several victims of this crime to call in and share their experiences with the audience.

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Dan Laren

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         Tomorrow we will be discussing the case of Commonwealth vs. Sidney Lane Williams.  Our guests will be Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kimberly Henderson Baird and Detective Franz Wolff.

         Police charged Sidney Lane Williams Jr., 36, with murder in the death of Victor Martin, 39.  Police said that Martin was shot and killed, and his body was set on fire and left near a driveway on Russell Cave Road.  Martins’ body was found by a homeowner who was going outside to get his newspaper on the morning of Aug. 15, 2010.  William was also charged with tampering with physical evidence, abuse of a corpse, and being a persistent felon.

         Williams admitted to binding, bagging and removing Martin’s  body from the Alabama Avenue shooting scene, dumping it near a driveway off Russell Cave Road, and then setting it on fire.

          The defense denied that the shooting was intentional murder and argued that Williams shot Martin in self-defense after Martin pulled a gun and demanded money.

          The prosecution argued that Williams lured Martin, who had been laid off, to the Williams house with the prospect of a paying landscaping job.  Then, because Williams thought that Martin had burglarized his house sometime before, Williams shot him.

           The statutory penalty for second-degree manslaughter is 10 to 20 years in prison.  But because Williams had four felony convictions-for assault, trafficking in marijuana, trafficking in cocaine, and receiving a stolen gun the jury also found him guilty of being a persistent felony offender.  This enhanced the maximum penalty on the manslaughter charge up to life in prison.  The jury, however, recommended 35 years on the manslaughter conviction.

            The jury took a little less than six hours to return the verdict against Williams who fatally shot Victor Martin in 2010.  The Fayette Circuit Court jury found Williams guilty of first degree manslaughter, tampering with evidence, and abuse of a corpse.  The jury recommended a sentence of 35 years, and Williams will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years.

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Tomorrow on American DA Live we will be discussing the case of Commonwealth versus William Sloan.  Our special guest will be the former Commonwealth’s Attorney Pat Malloy.  The case was prosecuted by Pat Malloy, the Commonwealth’s Attorney at that time, and Larry Roberts, his First Assistant.

Wilmer Elvis Scott, 35 of Chattanooga, Tenn., and William Sloan, 24 of Louisville, escaped from a holdover cell at the Lexington Federal Building where they were awaiting a court appearance.  The rear of the federal courthouse faced towards Syre School and parents were parked there waiting to pick up their kids.  Scott and Sloan carjacked a woman who was waiting and forced her to drive to her home.  They took from her a rifle without bullets and her car.

They proceeded out of town on Russell Cave Road, stopping at a random house that was located just past I-75 and set somewhat back from the road.  They put the car behind the house where it would not be visible.  The exact circumstances of what happened inside are unknown because the only survivors were the defendants.

Reverend John K. Barnes, an Episcopal priest; his daughter Francine, 18; and son, John, 14, were all found dead in the house.  Some of the circumstances were evident based on the physical evidence.  Francine Barnes was raped before she was murdered.  The son, was shot and he was found with his head in the toilet.  Reverend Barnes was shot in the foot and then shot again and killed.  Evidence indicated that he was probably shot and then forced to watch his daughter being raped.    All three bodies were found piled in the bathroom.

Both defendants were captured the next morning near Fort Thomas in Northern Kentucky, and were also accused of killing three men at a motel in Falmouth.  The defendants were charged with numerous crimes.  At this time, rape carried a possible penalty of life without parole.

While awaiting trial in prison, a fire broke out in the mattress in Scott’s prison cell at the state penitentiary near Eddyville.  Scott died Feb. 8 of the burns he received.

Once Scott was dead, Sloan was able in his defense to try and shift the blame to Scott.  Sloan faced five armed robbery charges, three murder charges, two housebreaking charges, and a rape charge.

The jury was not persuaded by the defense.  Sloan was convicted of pretty much everything.  He was given life without parole due to the rape charge.  This charge is what is keeping him in prison now.

 

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TOMORROW on American DA Live!

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Tomorrow on American DA Live we will be discussing the case of Commonwealth versus William Sloan.  Our special guest will be the former Commonwealth’s Attorney Pat Malloy.  The case was prosecuted by Pat Malloy, the Commonwealth’s Attorney at that time, and Larry Roberts, his First Assistant.

Wilmer Elvis Scott, 35 of Chattanooga, Tenn., and William Sloan, 24 of Louisville, escaped from a holdover cell at the Lexington Federal Building where they were awaiting a court appearance.  The rear of the federal courthouse faced towards Syre School and parents were parked there waiting to pick up their kids.  Scott and Sloan carjacked a woman who was waiting and forced her to drive to her home.  They took from her a rifle without bullets and her car.

They proceeded out of town on Russell Cave Road, stopping at a random house that was located just past I-75 and set somewhat back from the road.  They put the car behind the house where it would not be visible.  The exact circumstances of what happened inside are unknown because the only survivors were the defendants.

Reverend John K. Barnes, an Episcopal priest; his daughter Francine, 18; and son, John, 14, were all found dead in the house.  Some of the circumstances were evident based on the physical evidence.  Francine Barnes was raped before she was murdered.  The son, was shot and he was found with his head in the toilet.  Reverend Barnes was shot in the foot and then shot again and killed.  Evidence indicated that he was probably shot and then forced to watch his daughter being raped.    All three bodies were found piled in the bathroom.

Both defendants were captured the next morning near Fort Thomas in Northern Kentucky, and were also accused of killing three men at a motel in Falmouth.  The defendants were charged with numerous crimes.  At this time, rape carried a possible penalty of life without parole.

While awaiting trial in prison, a fire broke out in the mattress in Scott’s prison cell at the state penitentiary near Eddyville.  Scott died Feb. 8 of the burns he received.

Once Scott was dead, Sloan was able in his defense to try and shift the blame to Scott.  Sloan faced five armed robbery charges, three murder charges, two housebreaking charges, and a rape charge.

The jury was not persuaded by the defense.  Sloan was convicted of pretty much everything.  He was given life without parole due to the rape charge.  This charge is what is keeping him in prison now.

photoSpecial Guest Former CW Attorney Pat Malloy



 
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