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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Weekly Media Release: April 27 – May 1, 2015

Attention: Assignment Editor

Prepared By: David A. Erhart, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke

Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment.  If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.

ARRAIGNMENT

Jonathan Hardin, 15CR1092 (Assault in the Second Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Official Misconduct in the First Degree)

  • Hardin (DOB 2/5/83) has been charged for his use of a chokehold against a 13 year old victim, while acting in his capacity as a school resource officer at North Olmsead Academy. As a result of Mr. Hardin’s actions, the victim was rendered unconscious for approximately six seconds. Arraignment is scheduled to occur Monday, April 27, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. in Division Thirteen. Mr. Justin Janes is the prosecutor.

HEARING

Patrick Burage, Stephon Craig, Wallace Louis, Jr., Wallecia Louis, Brandon Rauh, Robin Toole, and Mario Vricic, 14CR2416 (Robbery in the First Degree [multiple counts])

  • Burage (DOB 9/3/92), Craig (DOB 8/15/86), Louis (DOB 11/19/87), Rauh (DOB 9/26/92), Vricic (DOB 9/30/93), Ms. Louis (DOB 4/14/89), and Ms. Toole (DOB 3/18/86), are charged in connection with multiple robberies of Radio Shack and Verizon Wireless stores between June 13, 2014, and September 5, 2014. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Thursday, April 30, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Division One. Ms. Jennifer Murzyn and Ms. Cortney Hardin are the prosecutors.

Robert Peters, 15CR0041 (Sodomy in the First Degree [2 counts]; Incest [1 count]; Criminal Attempt Sodomy in the First Degree [1 count]; Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [2 counts])

  • Peters (12/18/1972) is alleged to have performed oral sex on his ten year old nephew. It is further alleged, that Mr. Peters fondled the victim on multiple occasions. A pretrial conference is scheduled for April 27, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Division Ten. Mr. Nathan Batey is the prosecutor.

TRIAL

Hack, Jennifer and Bryan, Darrell, 12CR3497 and 14CR2741 (Murder (Bryan), Facilitation to Murder (Hack), Robbery in the First Degree (Bryan), Facilitation to Robbery in the First Degree (Hack), Complicity to Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500 (Both), and Complicity to Tampering with Physical Evidence (Both))

  • Hack (DOB 8/7/1984) and Mr. Bryan (DOB 3/18/1979) are charged with the October 13, 2012, robbery and murder of Mr. Mickel Kimbley on the 2500 block of West Main Street. It is also alleged that Ms. Hack and Mr. Bryan returned to the scene of the crime, stole Mr. Kimbley’s car, and sold it to a tow truck driver. A trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 26, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in Division Eight. Mr. Nick Mudd and Ms. Cortney Hardin are the prosecutors.

JURY VERDICTS

James Lanham, 12CR2979 (Rape in the First Degree [4 counts], Sodomy in the First Degree [3 counts], Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Minor [4 counts], Sexual Abuse in the First Degree [5 counts], Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors [3 counts])

  • Mr. Lanham (DOB 8/3/60), was found guilty of four counts of Rape in the First Degree, three counts of Sodomy in the First Degree, four counts of Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Minor, five counts of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and three counts of Distribution of Obscene Matter to Minors. This afternoon, April 24, 2015, the jury recommended a total sentence of 60 years for these crimes. Sentencing is scheduled for Friday, June 30, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. in Division Six. Ms. Diane Arnold is the prosecutor.

Christopher Wallace, 14CR1534 and 14CR2556 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, and Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process)

  • Mr. Wallace (DOB 2/12/58) is charged with shooting his neighbor Astron Hardin with a shotgun on the afternoon of April 29, 2014.  The two were both in lawful possession of handguns when an argument began in their front yards, at which point Mr. Wallace is charged with pulling out his shotgun and chasing Mr. Hardin down the road, firing three times in front of neighbors and a daycare.  Mr. Hardin sustained injury. A guilty verdict was returned by the jury this afternoon, April 24, 2015, where Mr. Wallace was found guilty of the offenses of Criminal Attempt Murder and Wanton Endangerment in the Second Degree. Penalty has yet to be determined. Ms. Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.

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