Yearly Archives: 2018

12/6 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

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12/3 Media Release

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

Media Release: December 3 – 7, 2018

Attention: Assignment Editor
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.

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS

Javontay Forrest – 18CR2649 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Handgun by a Minor)

  • On November 30, 2018, Mr. Forrest (DOB 01/08/02) pled guilty to the amended charge of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Possession of a Handgun by a Minor.  Mr. Forrest admitted to his guilt in causing the death of Tavon Yelder on July 31, 2018.  Mr. Forrest, who is 16 years old, was reported to be irresponsibly handling a gun throughout the night. At the time of the incident, Mr. Yelder was seated in front of Mr. Forrest playing a video game. Mr. Forrest pointed the handgun at Mr. Yelder’s head and shot.   At the plea, Mr. Forrest informed the court that he was attempting to decock the gun when he shot Mr. Yelder.  Sentencing is scheduled for January 23, 2019 at 8:15 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

Taylor Jeanine Gonsman – 18CR3502 (Assault in the Second Degree [4 counts], Knowing Abuse or Neglect of an Adult, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree)

  • Ms. Gonsman (DOB 06/12/1997) is charged with assaulting the victim R.S. on multiple occasions between October 17, 2018 and November 17, 2018.  The victim is an adult with autism who, due to his mental condition, was unable to protect himself from the defendant’s abuse.  During the course of approximately one month, the defendant struck the victim with cords, shot him at close range with an airsoft rifle and handgun, burned him, cut him, strangled him, and unlawfully restrained him. The victim sustained multiple injuries as a result of the defendant’s actions. The defendant was arraigned in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court on November 28, 2018.  A pretrial conference is scheduled for January 15, 2019 at 9:15 a.m. Emily Lantz is the prosecutor.

SENTENCINGS

Quincy Blackmon – 18CR1278 (Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Unlawful Imprisonment in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Blackmon (DOB 01/06/91) is charged with the strangulation of his former girlfriend. On August 10, 2017, just days before the victim was expected to give birth to the defendant’s child, the two got into a verbal argument that turned physical. The defendant strangled the victim multiple times and refused to allow her to leave his home. The victim, 9 months pregnant at the time, was able to get away from the defendant and leave his home after being confined there for hours. The Defendant pled guilty to these offenses on October 10, 2018 and final sentencing is scheduled for December 7, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

TRIALS

Stephen Risner – 17cr2752 (Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Theft by Unlawful Taking over $500, Theft of Identity, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Risner (DOB 03/26/79) is charged with several crimes which resulted from a crime spree which began on July 22, 2017. The defendant stole a vehicle, drove that vehicle to a residence located at 6306 Blevins Gap Rd where he broke into the dwelling and attempted to remove various items, including a rifle, when the residents returned and caught him in the act. The defendant then fled and attempted to car jack a Good Samaritan that was passing by. The defendant was ultimately overpowered by the Good Samaritan and held at gun point until police arrived. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Doug Meisel and LC Bates are the prosecutors.

Deandre L. Williams– 17CR2335 (Murder)

  • Mr. Williams (DOB 05/20/97) is charged in connection with the August 2, 2017 shooting  death of Robert Leachman on Brashear Drive in the Park Hill neighborhood.  A trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, December 4, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jeff Cooke and Jennifer Bell are the prosecutors.

Cody Bates – 17CR1730 (Murder)

  • Mr. Bates (DOB 03/13/93) is charged with the Murder of the 3 month old son of his then-girlfriend. The child was in the custody of Mr. Bates at the time that he received fatal blunt-force injuries which resulted in his death. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday December 4, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle Yannelli is the prosecutor.

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11/29 Weekly & Month End Circuit Court Reports

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Media Release: MORE THAN 100 DEFENDANTS CHARGED FEDERALLY IN 2018 SURGE TO REDUCE VIOLENT CRIME IN LOUISVILLE

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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 28, 2018

For immediate release from the United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Kentucky. Contact: Nick Storm (502) 582-5911 nicholas.storm@usdoj.gov

Project Safe Neighborhoods effort continues multi-agency partnership to tackle guns, drug, and gangs

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman announced that more than 100 previous felony offenders possessing firearms have been charged so-far this year as one part of the ongoing Project Safe Neighborhoods effort to tackle violent crime in Metro Louisville.

The indictments returned were a result of the ongoing partnership between federal prosecutors and their counterparts from the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office who work hand-in-hand with the Louisville Metro Police Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms (ATF), and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).  The combined effort is a key component of the Department of Justice’s PSN initiative – which targets the area’s most violent offenders.”  This round of indictments brings the total number of defendants charged under the initiative in 2018 to 105.  Overall, compared to fiscal year (FY) 2017, the total number of federal firearms cases filed in FY 2018 rose to 152, representing an increase of 60%.

“With over seventy homicides and two hundred fifty shootings in Louisville this year, we’re not there yet.  This is, however, another deposit on our promise that federal, state, and local law enforcement will work as one to take violent offenders and their guns off the streets of our city,” stated U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman. “More to come.”

“ATF is committed to our on-going partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to reduce gun violence,” stated ATF Special Agent in Charge Stuart Lowrey of the Louisville Field Division.  “During the past year, ATF investigated illegal sources of crime guns and those who illegally possessed and/or used guns to commit violent crimes in the Louisville Metro area.  We will continue to aggressively pursue ‘traffickers and trigger pullers’ with every resource and technique available.  In this way, ATF’s support of the Department of Justice’s Project Safe Neighborhood is making our communities safer for everyone.”

“Our community continues to be better protected by the cooperative efforts between the United States Attorney’s Office and the Jefferson County Office of Commonwealth’s Attorney,” stated Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine. “Prosecutors between our offices determine which jurisdiction can impose the maximum penalty. They work together to target those individuals who have illegally used or sold firearms in Jefferson County, threatening the safety of our citizens.”

The number of indictments represents a 61 percent increase in charging from 2017 to 2018.

One defendant charged this year, Elijah Eubanks, 20, of Louisville, Kentucky, had already been charged with attempted murder by the Jefferson County Commonwealth Attorney’s office for shooting at a police officer who approached his vehicle; he faces an additional federal charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Another defendant, Jamar Garrison, 33, of Louisville, Kentucky, was convicted July 27, 2018 in United States District Court on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to distribute, possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.  Mr. Garrison had been released on bond for state drug trafficking charges for the last two years when he was arrested after being found in possession of a loaded semiautomatic handgun, a mixture of heroin and fentanyl packaged for sale, several thousand dollars cash, and assorted other narcotics. The follow up investigation revealed that while released on bond on multiple pending felony drug indictments in Jefferson Circuit Court, Garrison had been using vehicles rented in the names of third parties in order to transport and traffic in heroin all over Louisville.

The latest round of indictments charges Ashlyn Marcum, 28, of Louisville, Kentucky, who was previously convicted in with assault of the 4th degree domestic violence twice in 2014, and again in 2018, with being a felon in possession of 37 firearms.

Joshua Bolin, 41, of Louisville, Kentucky, who was previously convicted of sexual abuse in the first degree in 2003, was also charged in the latest indictments with two counts of being a felon in possession of 27 firearms.

Defendants charged this year have previously been found guilty of numerous crimes including: burglary, facilitation to murder, manslaughter, cultivating marijuana with intent, narcotics trafficking, manufacturing methamphetamine, assault 4th degree domestic violence, sexual abuse in the first degree, second degree escape, fleeing/evading police, wanton endangerment, among other charges.

If convicted at trial, the maximum sentence for unlawfully possessing a firearm is no more than ten years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.  If that firearm is possessed or used in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, a defendant faces a mandatory minimum five years in prison in addition to the sentence received for the underlying charges, and could receive up to life in prison.  Some of the 105 defendants qualify as Armed Career Criminals, facing a mandatory 15 year sentence, or repeat drug traffickers, facing a mandatory 20 years sentence and, in some cases, a mandatory life sentence.

These cases are being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Joe Ansari, Mike Bennett, Ann Marie, Blaylock, Robert Bonar, Nute Bonner, Bryan Calhoun, Terry Cushing, Tom Dyke, Larry Fentress, Marisa Ford, Alicia Gomez, Amanda Gregory, Lettricea Jefferson-Webb, Joshua Judd, Corrine Keel, Jo Lawless, Jessica Malloy, Erin McKenzie, Spencer McKiness, Randy Ream, Mac Shannon, Amy Sullivan, Christopher Tieke, David Weiser, Stephanie Zimdahl and Special Assistant United States Attorneys Ebert Haegele and Elizabeth Jones Brown with stalwart assistance from Laura Stinson, Western District of Kentucky Grand Jury Coordinator.  The cases are being investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), Louisville Metro Police Department, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and with significant collaboration with the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is partnering with federal, state, and local law enforcement to specifically identify criminals responsible for significant violent crime in the Western District of Kentucky.  A centerpiece of this effort is Project Safe Neighborhoods, a program that brings together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make neighborhoods safer for everyone.  Today’s indictments are part of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Initiative in the Western District of Kentucky.

The indictment of a person by a Grand Jury is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.