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Life sentence in 2016 murder case

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

Media Release: January 16, 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

LOUISVILLE, KY — On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 a Jefferson County jury fixed a sentence of Life in the trial of Eric Lee Anthony for the murders of Donte Jefferson, Montea Compton and the shootings of five other people.

The charges arose out of an ongoing dispute between the defendant and the victims’ families which culminated in Anthony entering an apartment located in the 2800 block of Rodman Street near Churchill Downs on June 21, 2016 and shooting at the occupants.  In addition to receiving two life sentences for the two murders, Anthony was given two ten year sentences for the shootings of two other occupants and three five year sentences for shooting at three other occupants.  The jury directed that all of the sentences should run concurrently for a total sentence of Life.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for March 23, 2018.

Following the verdict Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine stated, “Every murder is a tragedy but this case is made more tragic by the fact that Anthony had been in prison and was granted an early release just months before these shootings.  At least with this sentence, we are assured that Anthony will not be eligible to be considered for any release for twenty years.”

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Ryane Conroy was the lead prosecutor in this case and she was assisted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Corey Taylor.  This case was investigated by LMPD Sgt. Jason Vance.

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office occupies a critical position in the criminal justice system. Commonly referred to as the District Attorney in most states, the Commonwealth’s Attorney must focus the power of the state on those who defy its laws. As legal representative for the people, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has the duty to seek justice for all.

17 year sentence in 2015 handgun case

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

Media Release: January 12, 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

LOUISVILLE, KY —   Yesterday afternoon a Jefferson County jury fixed a sentence of seventeen years in the trial of Andrea Lamont Davis for the criminal possession of a handgun.  On Thursday the jury found him guilty of Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree.  The case was brought after Louisville Metro Police Department detectives conducting a narcotics investigation found Davis in possession of a loaded handgun.  Since Davis had five prior felony convictions the jury enhanced his five year handgun sentence by finding him a persistent felony offender.  Sentencing is scheduled for March 8, 2018.

Commonwealth Attorney Tom Wine:  “Our office has been working closely with the Louisville Metro Police Department to charge, convict and incarcerate felons who continue to illegally possess firearms. We are happy that the jury shared our belief that these are serious crimes and that these defendants need to be held accountable.”

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Corey Taylor was the lead prosecutor in this case and he was assisted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kaleb Noblett.  This case was investigated by LMPD Detective Ryan Nichols.

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The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office occupies a critical position in the criminal justice system. Commonly referred to as the District Attorney in most states, the Commonwealth’s Attorney must focus the power of the state on those who defy its laws. As legal representative for the people, the Commonwealth’s Attorney has the duty to seek justice for all.

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.”

Gov. Bevin appoints Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 55th judicial circuit

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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 22, 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

Gov. Bevin appoints Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 55th judicial circuit

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Nov. 21) – Gov. Matt Bevin today appointed Shelly L. Alvey, of Lebanon Junction, Ky., as the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 55th Judicial Circuit of Kentucky.

“I sincerely thank Governor Matt Bevin and his administration for bestowing this responsibility and allowing me to serve and protect the citizens of this great commonwealth,” said Alvey. “My commitment is to aggressively protect every member of our community just as I would a member of my family. I am honored to serve the citizens of Bullitt County and will strive to do justice in every case.”

Alvey served as Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Jefferson County from 2002 to 2005 and 2014 to 2017. Most recently, she was assigned to the Violent Crime Unit, where she prosecuted career criminals and gang-related offenses. From 2011-2014, Alvey served as the First Assistant Bullitt County Attorney during which time she prosecuted parents accused of child abuse and supervised the team of prosecutors who prosecuted impaired drivers.

Alvey is a native of Breathitt County. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Morehead State University and her law degree from the University of Louisville. Alvey moved to Bullitt County in 2006 and resides there with her husband Shayne and their two children.

Alvey shall serve until the position is filled in accordance with the results of the Nov. 2018 midterm election, pursuant to the provisions of Sec. 152 of the Kentucky Constitution.

11/13 Weekly Media Release

From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Please see our Media Releases page at louisvilleprosecutor.com/media-releases for more details and archives.

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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: November 13, 2017 – November 17, 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

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.

PRETRIAL CONFERENCES

Wathaniel Woods – 17CR0935 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun By Convicted Felon, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Trafficking in a Controlled Substance in the First Degree Schedule II Cocaine Less Than Four Grams While in Possession of a Firearm, Illegal Use or Possession of Drug Paraphernalia While in Possession of a Firearm, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle under the Influence of Intoxicants – First Offense (Aggravating Circumstances), Operation of a Motor Vehicle by a Person Whose Operator’s License Has Been Revoked, Suspended, Cancelled or Denied, Disregarding Official Traffic Control Device and Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Woods (DOB 03/15/80) is charged as a result of incidents occurring on March 28, 2017 which culminated in Wood’s automobile striking the patrol car of LMPD Officer Nicholas Rodman resulting in fatal injuries to Officer Rodman.  A Pretrial Conference is scheduled for November 14, 2017 at 1:30 p.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown and Justin Janes are the prosecutors.

Jasmine Wade– 16CR0127 (Murder, Tampering with Physical Evidence, and Abuse of a Corpse)

  • On July 22, 2015, Ms. Wade (DOB 01/04/00) gave a live birth to a baby girl. The Defendant smothered the victim shortly after her birth causing her death. The Defendant removed the corpse from the crime scene and hid the corpse in her purse. A pre-trial conference is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Nathan Ray Batey II and Shelly Alvey are the prosecutors.

TRIALS

Trice Alexander Whaley, 15CR1742 (Murder, Robbery in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Intimidating a Participant in the Legal Process, and Persistent Felony Offender in the Second Degree)

  • Mr. Whaley (DOB 07/09/93) is charged with robbing and killing Mr. Brandon Bryant on June 11, 2015.  Mr. Bryant’s body was found in an alley behind 3014 W. Chestnut Street.   A trial is scheduled to begin November 13, 2017 in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Elizabeth Jones Brown are Scott Drabenstadt are the prosecutors.

Dante Stone – 14CR2425 (Murder)

  • Mr. Stone (DOB 06/05/84) is charged with the September 10, 2014 Murder of Chauncey Miles outside his home. A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 13 of Jefferson Circuit Court where Mr. Stone is representing himself. Emily Lantz and Critt Cunningham are the prosecutors.

William McKee – 17CR0495 (Arson in the Second Degree [3 Counts])

  • Mr. McKee (DOB 03/19/73) is charged with the July 2016 Arson of a vehicle in Iroquois Park, as well as two building fires located at 1719 Oleanda Avenue and 3811 Utah Avenue on December 27, 2016. Mr. McKee was waiting for investigators to arrive at the building fires when he confessed to all three Arsons. A Jury Trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 in Division 9 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Madison Shoffner is the prosecutor.

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