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Ten days before his case was set to go to jury trial, Stephen Kimberland pled guilty to charges stemming from an August 2013 field party that brought charges against several people.
Kimberland, 18, an alleged member of the Bardstown Money Gang, pled guilty to complicity to riot in the first degree — a class D felony — during court Friday and was granted five years of pretrial diversion.
Under a pretrial diversion, if Kimberland follows all conditions of his plea agreement for the next five years, the felony riot charge will go off his record. If he violates any of the conditions, he will be subject to serving time in prison.
As part of his plea agreement, Kimberland must not partake in any gang-related activities or post any gang-related material to the Internet and have no direct or indirect contact with the victims from the field party.
On Aug. 11, 2013, Kimberland, Marcus Grundy, Quacy Sheckles, Brant Sheckles and Reid Shacoi Young created a public disturbance in which tumultuous and violent conduct created a grave danger, damage or injury and resulted in the physical injury of several individuals.
Kimberland was a minor when the field party took place.
Brant Sheckles pled guilty to riot in the first degree and fourth-degree assault and was sentenced to four years in prison. Sheckles was granted probation for a period of five years.
Young pled guilty to riot in the first degree and was sentenced to three years in prison, but was placed on pretrial diversion for a period of five years.
Quacy Sheckles’ and Grundy’s charges were amended from riot in the first degree to inciting a riot, a class A misdemeanor. Sheckles and Grundy were sentenced to six months in jail, which will be probated for 12 months.
Final sentencing is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 4.