Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson: The exit interview
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – Next week, Fayette County will have a new Commonwealth’s Attorney. After 32 years, current Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson is retiring. During his leadership, his office has grown from sixteen employees, to thirty.
“You talk about how proud you are of the people you’ve kind of raised up here,” commented WKYT’s Miranda Combs.
“Oh, yeah,” Larson responded. “That’s part of the deal.”
Larson led Combs to a boxed-up office full of memories. There were piles of pictures taken during big trials, and pictures of his grandchildren, wife and mother. “She was the feistiest woman I’ve ever known,” Larson recalled about his mother. She passed that characteristic on to her son. He said his father taught him that rules are meant to be followed. That mindset eventually led him to a love of law. “It just kind of fits. It fits my personality,” Larson said.
For more than three decades, Larson has prosecuted the most high-profile cases in Fayette County. “I say to people who are friends now, I’m sorry we’ve ever met because something crummy had to happen before we met.” He said victim’s families hope he and his team will make it all better. “They think when the trial is over it’s going to be better. Trials are awful for families because they have to re-live it,” he said.
Larson said he still re-lives some cases, too. The Shane Ragland case is his biggest disappointment. The jury found Ragland guilty of killing Trent DiGiuro, then an appeal changed everything. “I get bitter about that reversal. When I get out of this job, I can tell you how I really feel,” Larson smiled.
An issue Larson never holds back on is repeat offenders, and not learning from the past. “The public is scared because these people are out committing crimes. That’s what really pisses me off. Is the business that we don’t learn from our history,” he stated.
Larson, 73, will still go to work in a new office every day. He will continue to fight to lock up repeat offenders and continue his social media presence.