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Courts

  • Former pastor, coach denied shock probation, home incarceration

    Dylan Mays’ motion to serve the remainder of his sentence on shock probation or home incarceration was denied in Nelson Circuit Court Thursday.

    In a court order filed Thursday, Nelson Circuit Judge Charles Simms denied the motion, saying the change would unduly depreciate the seriousness of Mays’ convictions.

    In a motion filed late last month, Mays’ attorney, Keith Sparks, said his client has served 32 days of his 100-day sentence and the punishment Mays has already endured has been enormous.

  • Nelson County Sept. 3 grand jury 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 September 18.

  • Nelson county felony sentencings for Aug. 21

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court on August 21. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

    • Jennifer Lynn Walling, 34, of New Haven, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for complicity to manufacture methamphetamine. Walling was granted probation for a period of five years following set conditions enter and complete Drug Court. On Nov. 23, 2013, Walling manufactured methamphetamine.

  • Nelson County Grand Jury 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 Sept. 4.

  • Probation revoked in assault-for-hire case

    A judge revoked David Orlando Smith’s probation Thursday and imposed a prison sentence because of several new misdemeanor convictions on the defendant’s record.

    Smith, who pleaded guilty last year to soliciting someone to assault three people in the area, has been serving a five-year probation as part of his plea agreement he entered into last year.

    In October, Smith accepted a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation to commit assault, which was amended down from criminal solicitation to commit murder.

  • Man indicted for stalking McDonald’s employee

    Less than two weeks after his arrest, Johnny Dean Johnson was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury for stalking a female employee at McDonald’s.

    Johnson, 50, who is a registered sex offender, was indicted on first-degree stalking, a class D felony that carries a sentence of one to five years in prison, and first-degree persistent felony offender by a Nelson County grand jury.

  • Man indicted on 466 counts of child pornography

    A Bardstown man was indicted Wednesday on several hundred felony counts of possessing child pornography.

    A Nelson County grand jury indicted James David Leslie, 51, on 466 counts of possession of child pornography, a class D felony, which carries a sentence of one to five years in prison.

    According to the indictment, sometime between Aug. 15, 2012, and Nov. 8, 2012, Leslie, who lives at 214 McGowan Avenue, knowingly had in his possession matter depicting a sexual performance by a minor.

  • Woman accused of lying about her child’s cancer for profit

    A woman who allegedly lied that her son had cancer and received charitable contributions from the community was indicted Wednesday.

    Nancye Beth Avis, 39, was indicted on theft by deception $500 or more, a class D felony that carries a sentence of one to five years in prison, and endangering the welfare of a minor, a class A misdemeanor.

  • Former family court judge running for appellate court

    Debra Hembree Lambert has always been intrigued by the certainty and predictability of the law, but her path to being a candidate for Kentucky’s second-highest state court hasn’t been predictable or certain.

  • Nelson County Grand Jury Indictments for Aug. 21

    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 August 21.