MW man receives 5-year sentence for threat on judge

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By The Staff

MOUNT WASHINGTON - A man who was found guilty by a Bullitt Circuit jury of making threats against a district judge received a five-year sentence Monday.

Special Circuit Judge Stephen Ryan went along with the jury’s recommendation of a five-year sentence against Terry G. Hayes, 50.

He was found guilty of retaliation against a participant in a legal proceeding and being a persistent felony offender.

The one-year sentence on the retaliation charge was enhanced to five years.

Ryan said his plan would be to run the Bullitt County sentence concurrent with a two-year sentence currently being imposed in Jefferson County for a total of five years.

If he couldn’t run it concurrent, the consecutive sentences would total seven years.

The incident occurred on Nov. 3, 2008, when Hayes went to pick up a vehicle which had been towed. When getting the vehicle, he made threats to kill District Judge Rebecca Ward, who had ruled on several previous cases involving Hayes.

“Mr. Hayes is here today because of his conduct,” prosecutor Nick Raley told the jury during closing arguments in July. “He has nobody to blame but himself.”

The jury deliberated 20 minutes before reaching its verdict.