Just after the news broke that Christian County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling asked former Gov. Matt Bevin to pardon Dayton Jones, Jones was indicted by the Oldham County Grand Jury.
Oldham County Commonwealth’s Attorney Courtney Baxter confirmed to the New Era that Jones was indicted Friday morning for one count of first-degree promoting contraband and one count of second-degree persistent felony offender.
According to Baxter, Jones was caught Sept. 14 with suboxone, an opioid used to treat addiction, while in Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. The drugs were sent to a lab for testing and the results confirmed Dec. 30 that it was suboxone.
Because of the testing, the indictment was delayed, but the grand jury was able to indict Jones on Friday.
“We were able to confirm that they were drugs,” Baxter said. “We always do that before we submit a case to the grand jury that involves drugs.”
Jones may be arraigned on those charges in Oldham County Circuit Court either the last Thursday of January or the first Thursday of February, according to Baxter.
He had not been arrested as of press time Friday. However, Baxter said a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Jones’ pardon was granted Dec. 9 and filed Dec. 11. The letter Boling wrote Dec. 7 asking former Gov. Bevin to pardon Jones was released Thursday, to which Boling quickly apologized for the same day.
According to New Era archives, Jones pleaded guilty Aug. 22, 2016, to first-degree sodomy, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. In November 2016, he was sentenced to 15 years in prison with no possibility of probation and a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender upon release.
Jones, Colton Cavanaugh, Tyler Perry and Samuel Miller all pleaded guilty to the Oct. 12, 2014, sexual assault of a 15-year-old who was sodomized with a sex toy during a party. The boy suffered severe internal injuries as a result of the attack. It was also captured on video and shared on social media.
According to archives, Cavanaugh pleaded guilty to first-degree sodomy, first-degree wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Perry pleaded to first-degree assault and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Miller pleaded guilty to complicity complicity to first-degree wanton endangerment, complicity to tampering with physical evidence and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and was sentenced to 13 years in prison. He was eventually released on shock probation.
There are currently no executive orders on the Secretary of State’s website regarding Cavanaugh, Perry or Miller.
However, WHOP reported Friday that Perry was also indicted for the same charges as Jones just last week.
A Muhlenberg County Grand Jury indicted Perry for first-degree promoting contraband and second-degree persistent felony offender.
WHOP quoted Muhlenberg County Commonwealth’s Attorney Ralph Vick saying Perry was one of 20 inmates found to have suboxone in February of last year while serving his sentence in the Green River Correctional Complex.
The delay in Perry’s indictment was due to lab testing as well, Vick said.
Vick added Perry will be arraigned Monday in Muhlenberg Circuit Court and is currently lodged in the Lee Adjustment Center in Beattyville.
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