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ROB SANDERS
COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY
16th Judicial Circuit - Kenton County, KY 

 

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Issue #236August 3, 2012
Greetings Kenton County!
 
The men and women of the Commonwealth's Attorney Office are always working hard to keep Kenton County safe.  This newsletter is intended to keep all interested parties up to date on the latest in prosecution and law enforcement news.  If you have any questions or would like additional information about the cases you see in this email, please call (859) 292-6580 or email the Commonwealth's Attorney Office at robsanders@kentonprosecutor.com .
 
Guilty Verdict!
Commonwealth v. Alvin McDanielAlvin McDaniel 
Commonwealth v. Iris Jennings
Judge: Sheehan
Prosecutor: James T. Redwine
Police: Covington     
 
On June 23, 2011, at 6:30 p.m., Covington Police Officer Ryan Eldridge spotted commotion in the 1400 block of Wheeler Street.  Upon investigation, Eldridge and other officers learned there had been a fist fight between several juvenile girls moments earlier.  TheIris Jennings  fight was broken up by Boysie Washington, who's daughter was one of the combatants.  After the girls were separated, one tried to attack Washington's daughter again.  Washington intervened and shoved the girl away.  Under KY law, officers can only make an arrest for misdemeanor assault if the officer witnesses the assault (other than domestic violence).  The parties separated and went their separate ways, however, several hoostile comments were made about Washington "putting his hands on a girl."
 
Shortly after 8 p.m., Covington Police were called back to the same location for a shooting.  Officers located Washington suffering from gunshot wounds to the arm, back, and leg.  Washington was losing consciousness and unable to speak.  Tarsha Henderson was also discovered to have been shot in the hand.  Covington Fire Dept. paramedics transported Washington and Henderson to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.  Three juvenile females witnessed the shooting and told officers a gold car drove by 10-15 minutes earlier.  When the car returned, a woman known to them as Iris Jennings leaned out of the car window and said "What's up Boysie?"  The girls said Washington responded saying "What's up Iris?"  During the exchange between Jennings and Washington, a man later identified as Alvin McDaniel, who was Jennings' boyfriend, exited the driver's side of the gold car with his right hand concealed under a towel.  The girls told police McDaniel said "You think you can put your hands on my daughter" and pulled a handgun from beneath the towel.  Before Washington could answer, McDaniel began firing.  Washington was struck four times.  Henderson was apparently an innocent bystander who was hit by an errant shot.  Subsequent investigation would prove Jennings' daughter is no relation to McDaniel. 
 
Covington Police Detective Corey Warner responded to conduct the investigation.  While Warner was interviewing witness at police HQ, officers spotted Jennings standing outside the police department.  Jennings was brought in for an interview.  Jennings proceeded to deny being present for the shooting, claimed she was at a bar in Ohio when she began receiving messages about her daughter being in a fight, then lied about the name of the man that drove her to Kentucky.  Jennings claimed she barely knew McDaniel and only referred to him by a street name.  Detective Warner entered information about the shooter gathered from several interviews into a computer database that eventually suggested McDaniel as a suspect.  Both Washington and Henderson subsequently identified a photo of McDaniel as the man who shot them. 
 
McDaniel was arrested and charged with 2 counts of 1st Degree Assault.  Jennings was arrested and charged with Facilitation of 1st Degree Assault.  Both were indicted by the Kenton County Grand Jury for the same charges.  McDaniel was also indicted for 2nd Degree Persistent Felony Offender.  The case was called to trial before Kenton Circuit Court Judge Martin J. Sheehan on July 24, 2012.  1st Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Redwine presented testimony from both shooting victims, the three witnesses, Detective Warner, Lt. Greg Jones, Officer Eldridge, and Officer Homphothichak.  Redwine also called a witness from Cincinnati Bell who produced text messages from Jennings to unknown persons indicating the shooting was about to take place and that Washington was the target.  In addition, a Hamilton County Sheriff's Deputy testified he stopped McDaniel driving in the same gold car shortly after the incident.
 
At trial, McDaniel never denied shooting Washington.  Instead, he argued through his attorney that he suffered from "Extreme Emotional Distress" (EED) at the time of the shooting.  Jennings denied any involvement in the shooting and claimed she had no idea it was about to take place.  Washington took the stand in his own defense.  In addition to the EED claim, McDaniel also threw in a claim that Washington also had a gun and shot first.  This claim did not match the testimony of any other witnesses and his own lawyer never mentioned those facts in opening statements.  After the four day trial, the jury returned a verdict finding both McDaniel and Jennings guilty as charged.  The jury then convicted McDaniel of the 2nd Degree PFO charge as well, enhancing the punishment for the assaults from 10-20 years to 20-50 years or life.  Had his EED defense worked, punishment would have been 1-5 years enhanced to 5-10 years but eligible for parole in only 20% of his sentence.  Instead, the jury recommended a 20 year sentence on each count of Assault 1st Degree, and that the sentences run consecutively for a total of 40 years.  The jury recommended a 1 year sentence for Jennings.  McDaniel will not be eligible for parole until he has served at least 20 years of his sentence.

Guilty Pleas & Sentencing

Commonwealth v. Matthew Becknell 1
Judge: Summe

Prosecutor: Noah Wentz
Police Agency:  OIG

On 7/30/12 Becknell pled guilty to Making False Statements to Obtain Benefits. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Noah Wentz is recommending that Becknell, who has no felony record, be ordered into the felony diversion program for 3 years. Final sentencing is set for 9/11/12.

Commonwealth v. John Hicks John Hicks
Judge: Summe

Prosecutor: Leanne Beck
Police Agency: Kenton Co. Police

  

On 7/30/12 Hicks pled guilty to Wanton Endangerment and DUI. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Leanne Beck is recommending that Hicks, who has no felony record, be ordered into the felony diversion program for 5 years. Final sentencing is set for 9/11/12.

Commonwealth v. Antowan Hill Antowan Hill
Judge:
Sheehan
Prosecutor: James Redwine
Police Agency: Covington    

  

On 7/30/12 Hill pled guilty to Tampering with Physical Evidence. 1st Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Redwine is recommending that Hill, who has no felony record, be ordered into the felony diversion program for 3 years. Final sentencing is set for 8/27/12.

Commonwealth v. Clarence Rigney Clarence Rigney
Judge: Sheehan
Prosecutor: Leanne Beck
Police Agency:  Ludlow

On 7/30/12 Rigney pled guilty to Receiving Stolen Property (>$500). Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Leanne Beck is recommending a 1 1/2 year prison sentence. Final sentencing is set for 8/27/12.

  

Commonwealth v.  Clarence Rigney Clarence Rigney
Judge: Sheehan
Prosecutor: Leanne Beck
Police Agency: Ludlow

On 7/30/12 Rigney pled guilty to Burglary 2nd Degree. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Leanne Beck is recommending a 5 year prison sentence concurrent to another case. Final sentencing is set for 8/27/12.

 

Commonwealth v.  Samuel Elliott Samuel Elliott  

Judge: Sheehan

Prosecutor: Casey Burns 

Police Agency: NKY Drug Strike Force   

 

On 7/30/12 Elliott pled guilty to Manufacturing Methamphetamine and Controlled Substance Endangerment of a Child. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Casey Burns is recommending a 10 year prison sentence. Final sentencing is set for 8/27/12.

   

Commonwealth v. William Juilfs Jr. Williams Juilfs

Judge: Summe 

Prosecutor: Megan Mersch 

Police Agency: Ft. Wright  

 

On 7/30/12 Juilfs pled guilty to Receiving Stolen Property (>$500) and Burglary 2nd Degree. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Megan Mersch is recommending a 6 year prison sentence. Final sentencing is set for 9/11/12.  

  

Commonwealth v. Abdul Jihad  Abdul Jihad  
Judge: Sheehan 
Prosecutor: Corey Plybon 
Police Agency: Covington 

On 7/3/12 Jihad pled guilty to Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd Degree. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Corey Plybon recommended a 2 1/2 year prison sentence. On 7/30/12 Jihad was sentenced to 2 1 /2 years in prison. 

Commonwealth v. Sharon Hudson Sharon Hudson
Judge: Sheehan
Prosecutor:James Redwine
Police Agency: Covington 
 
On 5/30/12 Hudson pled guilty to Theft (>$500). 1st Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Redwine recommended that Hudson, who has no felony record be ordered into the felony diversion program for 3 years. On 7/30/12 Hudson was ordered into the felony diversion program for 3 years. 
 
Commonwealth v. Pamela DeakinsPamela Deakins 
Judge: Sheehan
Prosecutor:  Howard Tankersley 
Police Agency: Flagrant Non Support 

  

On 7/3/12 Deakins pled guilty to Flagrant Non Support. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Howard Tankersley recommended that Deakins, who has no felony record, be ordered into the felony diversion program for 5 years. On 7/30/12 Deakins was ordered into the felony diversion program for 5 years. 

Commonwealth v. Carly Combs Carly Combs
Judge: Sheehan 
Prosecutor: Rob Sanders
Police Agency: Covington

On 7/3/12 Combs pled guilty to Wanton Endangerment and Possession of a Controlled Substance (heroin). Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders recommended a 3 year prison sentence. On 7/30/12 Combs was sentenced to 3 years probated for 3 years. 
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Erica Horne Erica Horne
Covington, KY 
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Original Charge(s):
Possession of a Controlled Substance (heroin)

 

 

 

 


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