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Courts

  • Nelson County grand jury indictments for May 6

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court May 21.

    • Dustin Shawn Downs, 27, of Bardstown, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On or about Dec. 31, 2014, Downs possessed a Thompson .50 caliber rifle. Bail was set at $5,000 cash, plus conditions.

  • Man arrested for robberies has minor criminal history

    A Bardstown man accused of robbing three banks in Bardstown has a criminal history dotted with minor drug charges and DUIs, but nothing rising to the level of felony robbery.

    David Wayne Smith, 51, was arrested and charged with first-degree robbery Thursday shortly after a hold-up at the Wilson & Muir Bank on Culpeper Street. In custody, police say Smith confessed to having robbed two other banks in the area — Your Community Bank on North Third March 13 and Your Community Bank on West John Rowan April 16.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court on April 2. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

  • Nelson County Circuit Court sentencings for March 19

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court on March 19. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

  • Nelson County Circuit Court sentencings for March 19

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court on March 19. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

  • Hutchins requests shock probation in series of letters

    John Hutchins began serving his 20-year sentence for embezzling more than $1 million from the Abbey of Gethsemani on Jan. 9.

    Over the next 78 days, the disgraced accountant, currently housed at Roederer Correctional Complex in LaGrange, composed at least 44 handwritten letters to the judge expressing remorse and begging for shock probation.

    In the letters, Hutchins repeatedly requests shock probation and says life in prison has been an eye-opening experience.

  • Jury decides 2007 sentence should be upheld in Mattingly case

     

    A jury decided to uphold a convicted felon’s original 20-year prison sentence for abducting his wife and holding her at gunpoint in 2005, following a two-day trial last week.

    Throughout Monday and Tuesday, attorneys for Kenneth John Mattingly argued that their client should not have been given a harsh sentence during his original jury trial in 2007 because he suffers from mental health issues and had a difficult childhood.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court April 2.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court April 2.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings for March 10

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court on March 10. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

    • Hallie Ann Fuller, 20, of Bardstown, was sentenced to three years in prison for complicity first-degree possession of a controlled substance. Fuller’s motion for probation was denied. On Jan. 27, Fuller possessed methamphetamine.