OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Media Release: March 25 – 29, 2019
Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
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.
Thomas B. Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that his office participated in the 3rd Annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy from March 11 to March 20, 2019. During that time, The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney raised a total of $3,911.60 for the campaign. The Food Frenzy is a statewide fund drive competition among Kentucky law firms, law schools and legal organizations to support the members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.
The campaign is sponsored by the office of Attorney General Andy Beshear, the office of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.
Over 700,000 Kentuckians, including more than 200,000 children, struggle with hunger. Yet only one in 13 school-aged children who receive free and reduced-priced lunch during the school year have access to such meals during the summer months. The Legal Food Frenzy is timed to provide a much-needed supply of resources to Kentucky’s food bank network to meet increased demand during the summer months when schools are closed. Over 125 legal organizations raised the equivalent of over 350,000 pounds of food in its first year of the campaign in 2017. The final results from the 2019 campaign are still pending.
Every $1 contributed will purchase 8 pounds of food for our local food bank, Dare to Care. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, 30th Judicial Circuit, is thrilled with the 2019 campaign results. With the help of members of this community and your contributions, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney increased its giving by 50% in donating $3,911.60 after a 2018 monetary donation of $2,657.43.
Kerry Barley – 17CR1181 (Assault in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)
- Mr. Barley (DOB 09/02/80) on April 19, 2017, gained access to the victim’s apartment at 3803 Dixie Highway by pretending to be a LG&E employee responding to a gas leak. Once inside the apartment, Mr. Barley locked the door behind him and demanded cash with a gun out. When the victim, an older man, did not respond immediately, the defendant shot him in the leg. Then the victim, now in fear for his life tried to wrestle the gun away from the defendant. Mr. Barley shot the victim four times in the chest and then fled. The defendant is a convicted felon. A jury trial began on March 12, 2019 and he was convicted of the above charges. The Jury recommended a sentence of 28 years in prison. Final Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. in Division 10 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Critt Cunningham is the prosecutor.
Kevin Nigel Stanford – 82CR0406 (Murder, First-Degree Robbery, First-Degree Sodomy, Receiving Stolen Property over $100).
- In 1982, Mr. Stanford (DOB 08/23/63) was convicted by jury for the brutal sodomy, armed robbery, and intentional murder of Barbel Poore, an attendant at the Cheker gas station near his home, from which he also stole cigarettes. Stanford was sentenced to death, but his request to commute his sentence was later granted by Governor Paul Patton, and his sentence was commuted to life without parole. Stanford has filed a motion claiming that the sentence of life without parole is illegal because he was a 17-year-old juvenile at the time of his crimes. The Commonwealth has vigorously opposed his motion. Oral arguments on Stanford’s motion are scheduled for Monday, March 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 7 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Dorislee Gilbert is the prosecutor.
Spindle L. Johnson – 16CR1896 (Murder)
- Mr. Johnson (DOB 10/07/84) is charged with the July 3, 2016 murder of his 3 year old daughter. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 2 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Danielle M. Yannelli and Sheri Wornall are the prosecutors.