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Courts

  • Former Russell Co. teacher guilty of child sex exploitation

     LOUISVILLE – A Russell County, Kentucky, resident and former teacher, pleaded guilty today in United States District Court, before District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to a single charge of sexual exploitation of children, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Woman convicted of causing injuries to police officer

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A woman has been found guilty of actions she took last October which left a police officer injured.

    Taira Leigh Litsey, 32, was found guilty by Bullitt Circuit Judge Rodney Burress of assault, wanton endangerment, fleeing police and operating on a suspended license.

    She was also found to be a persistent felony offender in the second degree.

    Final sentencing will be held on May 31 at 1 p.m.

    The trial was the first in which no jury was involved. Burress was the sole decider in a criminal felony trial.

  • St. Clair enters plea agreement in ‘91 case

     ELIZABETHTOWN — A man who is already on death row in Kentucky for the 1991 murder of a Bardstown man recently entered a guilty plea on charges which occurred in Hardin County.

    Michael Dale St. Clair, who has also been convicted of murder charges in his home state of Oklahoma, accepted a guilty plea in Hardin County, according to state Attorney General Andy Besmear.

    On April 12, St. Clair entered a guilty plea to kidnapping, attempted murder, two counts of receiving stolen property and facilitation to arson.

  • Former company president guilty of misbranded medical devices

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. today announced the guilty pleas to a criminal information made on April 17, 2017 by SCM True Air Technologies, Inc. and the former company president John N. Keesaer, in United States District Court before Magistrate Judge Dave Whalin.

  • Shepherdsville man pleas guilty to sex charge

     FRANKFORT – Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit today announced a Shepherdsville man has been sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for seeking sex with a minor.

    Jonathen Howerton, 25, of Shepherdsville, was sentenced last week in Louisville by United States District Court Judge David Hale. As part of his plea agreement, Howerton must register as a sex offender upon release. 

  • Woman enters plea in death of moped rider

     SHEPHERDSVILLE -- A Jefferson County woman may not face any additional jail time after entering a plea Tuesday in Bullitt Circuit Court.

    Emily Hickey entered a plea to reckless homicide and could be sentenced to five years in  prison. Final sentencing will be on May 15.

    However, probation will be recommended. If she does not violate her probation for five years, Hickey would not be subject to any additional jail time.

    In May 2016, Hickey was driving westbound in the eastbound lane in the early morning hours.

  • Men guilty of meth distribution

     BOWLING GREEN – A Logan County, Kentucky, man pleaded guilty in United States District Court this week, before District Judge Greg N. Stivers, to conspiring with others as well as  possessing with the intent to distribute more than 50 grams of methamphetamine, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Warren Co. man charged with child sex exploitation

     BOWLING GREEN – On April 12, 2017, at approximately 8:45 p.m., the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Drew L. Gibson, 36, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

    Gibson was arrested as the result of an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation. The KSP Electronic Crime Branch began the investigation after discovering the suspect sharing images of child sexual exploitation online.

  • Clinton Co. physician charged with illegal distributuion

     BOWLING GREEN – A Clinton County, Kentucky, physician was charged this week by grand jury indictment with the illegal distribution of controlled substances which resulted in the deaths of three patients, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Convicted felon gets 17 years on federal drug trafficking charges

     BOWLING GREEN – A Warren County, Kentucky, convicted felon was sentenced in United States District Court by District Judge Greg N. Stivers to 17 years in prison followed by a ten year period of supervised release for his role in a conspiracy to distribute crystal methamphetamine announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.  There is no parole in the federal system.