Man Sentenced to Seven Years for DUI Crash that Killed National Guard Soldier

November 22, 2017

Michael Poe was sentenced Friday, November 17 to seven years in prison for Manslaughter Second Degree and Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Alcohol with an Aggravating Circumstance.

On April 3, 2016, after consuming a quantity of beer, Poe took a friend’s 2015 Ford Mustang for a joyride on Athens-Boonesboro Road in Lexington. Poe overshot a turn at a high rate of speed, sending the car flying off the road, causing it to roll over, and killing his passenger, Nick Rucker. Police investigation revealed that Poe had a .170 blood-alcohol level. Poe admitted to drinking a pitcher of beer prior to getting behind the wheel.
Rucker was a National Guard soldier and a student at Eastern Kentucky University who had been one semester away from graduating. The university later awarded Rucker a posthumous degree. During the pendency of the case against Poe, Rucker’s adoptive mothers, Diane Clift and Libby Charlton, worked to secure the March 2017 passage of House Bill 222, which removed the possibility of shock probation in future DUI homicide cases.

Poe entered a guilty plea on September 22, 2017. At his sentencing hearing on Friday, November 17, Clift spoke passionately about the impact that Rucker’s death had on their family and the community at large, and asked that Poe be remanded to custody. Judge Thomas Travis refused probation for Poe and remanded him to custody to begin service of his sentence.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Barnett and investigated by Det. Tyler Smith, LMPD.

Awareness-Prevention-Prosecution! Doing our part to stop domestic violence.

October 19, 2017

Awareness-Prevention-Prosecution! Doing our part to stop domestic violence.
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Thank you University of Kentucky College of Law

September 29, 2017

It’s an honor to be thought of as a person who pays it forward to her profession and gives it back to her community. Thank you University of Kentucky College of Law.

Congratulations to the 48 new Lexington Police Officers!

September 28, 2017

Congratulations to the 48 new Lexington Police Officers and their families. Today’s ceremony was inspirational! Our community is fortunate to have these new officers protecting us and serving us. We look forward to working with you.

– Lou Anna Red Corn, Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney

Jury recommends 30 years for man convicted of burglary and assault

September 28, 2017

After three days of trial, Anthony Beard Jr., was convicted of burglary first degree, assault second degree, and wanton endangerment second degree last night. Beard forced his way into a relative’s home and shot someone inside. The victim was struck in the torso, arm, and leg. Beard was immediately identified by relatives, and was arrested by Lexington Police within several hours. Sentencing is scheduled for November 9th at 1:00 p.m.. Prosecutors were Brad Bryant and Taylor Brown, the primary investigating detective was Franz Wolff, Judge James Ishmael presided over the trial.

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