Media Release: Judge Sentences Michael Vernon Hayes to Life in Prison Without the Possibility of Parole for 2013 Murder

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

Media Release: July 12, 2019

Today Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Mitch Perry sentenced Michael Vernon Hayes to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the November 3, 2013 slaying of Jovon Dawson. Hayes slit Dawson’s throat during a robbery at her residence and left her to be found by her 6-year-old daughter.

Dawson had pled guilty to Murder, Robbery in the First Degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence in January of this year without an agreement with the prosecution as to a recommended sentence. Under this plea the final sentence would be determined by the presiding judge. After hearing arguments today Judge Perry sentenced Hayes to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The range of sentences which were available ran from as low as twenty years to the maximum penalty of death.

Dawson will be transferred to the Kentucky Department of Corrections to serve his sentence.

The prosecutors in the case were Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Elizabeth Jones Brown and Critt Cunningham.

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