Ricky Kelly enters guilty plea

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

Media Release: November 27, 2017

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:                 (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:        (502) 262-5809
E-mail:               jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

RICKY KELLY ENTERS GUILTY PLEA

Today, Ricky Kelly entered a guilty plea to Manslaughter in the First Degree in the case where he was charged with the August 19, 2005 shooting death of LaJuante Jackson.  The case had been set to go to trial on December 1, 2017.

With this conviction Kelly, who has been in custody on other charges since 2006, was not eligible for probation.  Following his plea, the Court sentenced him to serve ten years in prison.   Kelly will not be eligible for parole until he serves 85% of this sentence.

Following the plea, Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine stated:

“This case has been particularly challenging in light of the murder of key witness, Gregory Sawyer, in July of 2013.   In any case where we are not able to go forward with all the witnesses, we have to balance the likelihood of conviction from a jury which is denied the full picture with the certainty of an immediate conviction through a plea.  This plea represents a choice that we feel most benefits the family of the victim and the safety of the community.  By holding Kelly accountable for Mr. Jackson’s death and by ensuring that he remains in custody until he is at least 53 years old, we hope that this conviction accomplishes these goals.”