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Courts

  • Final defendant in Ballard meth ring gets 20 years

     PADUCAH – Wickliffe, Kentucky, resident and convicted felon, Christopher Ford, was the last of six co-defendants sentenced in United States District Court this week to 240 months in prison, followed by a five year period of supervised release, by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell, for his role in the distribution of methamphetamine, a controlled substance, and additional charges of being a felon in possession of firearms, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Tennessee contractor sentenced in Fulton Co. Detention Center scandal

     PADUCAH –  A Dresden, Tennessee, business owner and contract supplier was sentenced to 35 months in prison and ordered to pay $100,000 restitution today in United States District Court by Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Fulton County citizens, through kickbacks and concealment of costs associated with work performed on the 2015 Fulton County Detention Center expansion, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Allen Co. accountant charged with tax, wire fraud

     LOUISVILLE – An Allen County Kentucky accountant was charged this week by a federal criminal information with devising a scheme to defraud his employer, and with filing fraudulent individual income tax returns, over a five-year period, that failed to include over $600,000 in reportable income, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Theft of property leads to many grand jury indictments

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- The taking of items belonging to other individuals was a common theme when the Bullitt Circuit Grand Jury recently met.

    The following theft-related indictments were handed down:

    *James C. Edwards — charged with burglary, possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, theft by unlawful taking and being a persistent felony offender.

    The indictment alleges that Edwards entered into a home on Dec. 16, 2016, armed with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a crime.

  • Louisville man guity of sex trafficking minor

     LOUISVILLE – Keith L. Napier, Jr. of Louisville pleaded guilty in United States District Court yesterday, before Senior Judge Charles R. Simpson III, to a charge of sex trafficking of a minor, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

  • Louisville felon gets life sentence for sexual conduct with minor

     LOUISVILLE – A Louisville felon was sentenced to serve a life sentence without the possibility of parole, by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley Jr, in United States District Court today, for coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.  Arthur Wayne Kniffley is currently serving a 210-month sentence for distribution and possession of child pornography.

  • Louisville physician sentenced four years for illegal distribution, fraud

     LOUISVILLE – United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr., today announced the 48 month sentence of a Louisville physician, in United States District Court, by Chief District Judge Joseph H. McKinley, Jr., for unlawful distribution of controlled substances and health care fraud. Restitution will be determined at a later date by Chief Judge McKinley.

  • Fulton Co. contract supplier sentenced, fined for construction kickbacks

     PADUCAH –  A Fulton County, Kentucky, business owner and contract supplier was sentenced today, in United States District Court, before Senior Judge Thomas B. Russell for his role in a conspiracy to defraud Fulton County citizens, through kickbacks and concealment of costs associated with work performed on the 2015 Fulton County Detention Center expansion, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

    Michael Homra, 80, was sentenced to serve two years of probation, ordered to pay a $10,000 fine, and pay $32,500 in restitution.

  • Drug Court has saved lives of many participants

      SHEPHERDSVILLE -- “I would be dead.”

    Richard Jesse is sure that if his life continued on the path it was taking, he would have been dead by now.

    The Jefferson County native had been in and out of jail since the age of 17. Alcohol and drugs had consumed his life.

    It wasn’t as if Jesse hadn’t tried to seek help. He’d been to various treatment facilities.

    “I knew I needed help,” said Jesse.

  • Hardin man charged with child sex exploitation by KSP

     ELIZABETHTOWN — On May 25, 2017, the Kentucky State Police Electronic Crime Branch arrested Shannon Reeves, 48, on charges related to distribution and possession of matter portraying a sex performance by a minor.

    Mr. Reeves 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.