Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Today Fayette County Prosecutors, Advocates, Law Enforcement, Community Partners and Crime Victims and Survivors observed Crime Victims’ Rights Week with a resource fair and luncheon at the Fayette Circuit Courthouse. The program was a collaboration between the Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Faytte County Attorney, the United States Attorney, the Fayette County Sheriff, and the Lexington Police. Five individuals were honored: Catie Embry, David Marye, Kelly Wells, Diana Ross and Leticia Hagerman. Advocates from all of the agencies were recognized and April Ballenetine, a crime survivor, shared her inspirational story. Working Together For Justice.

Drug Deal Ends With Gunfire and Prison Sentence

February 20, 2017

Shooter’s Gang Membership Determined by Court

A 20-year old Lexington man has been sentenced to 10 years for second degree assault and one year for possession of cocaine. The assault victim was shot during a drug deal.

Stephon Vanzant pled guilty and was sentenced to prison earlier this month. Prior to sentencing, Vanzant challenged the Lexington Police Department’s finding that he is a member of The Westside Down Bottom Gang.

A hearing was held regarding the finding and Lexington Gang Resource Officers testified about their history with Vanzant, images they located on his social media accounts, his tattoos, and the recovery of a “Down Bottom Gang” bracelet from his person shortly before his last court hearing. Based upon the officers’ testimonies, and other evidence provided to the Court, Fayette Circuit Judge Kimberly Bunnell, found Vanzant to be a member of The Westside Down Bottom Gang. The Court relied upon the Defendant’s tattoos and the bracelet that was found in the Defendant’s possession in reaching its opinion.

Vanzant was not eligible for probation because of the firearm, but will be eligible for parole after serving 20% of his sentence. The prosecutor in the Gang Validation Hearing was Dan Laren.

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Lou Anna speaks to the 2016-17 Leadership Lexington Class

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Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn, along with Fire Chief Kristin Chilton, Police Chief Mark Barnard, and Assistant Public Advocate Daniel Whitley, participate in the recent Leadership Lexington session on Public Safety:  Challenges in Public Safety for our Community Panel Discussion. The discussion was moderated by retired Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson.  Leadership Lexington is a program of Commerce Lexington designed to educate and develop future leaders of Lexington.


Your appointment of Lou Anna Red Corn clearly placed the safety of the public, and best qualifications for this tough job, above all else.

** She is not politically involved, although she is a registered democrat.
** She will become the 1st female Commonwealth’s Attorney in a Kentucky city of the 1st Class (Louisville & Lexington).
** Lou Anna Red Corn is a proud member of the Osage Indian Nation. A minority.
Again, you have shown us in Lexington and across Kentucky that our safety and being the most qualified transcends party politics . THANK YOU.


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