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Morgan County Man Pleads Guilty to Assaulting Wife

Thursday, 05 23, 2013

Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the guilty plea of a Morgan County man for beating his wife. Thirty-two-year-old John Roberts pled guilty in Morgan Circuit Court on Wednesday, May 22 to second degree assault charges in connection with the injuries he inflicted upon his wife in April 2011 at their trailer in Ezel, Ky. 

Neighbors found Roberts’ badly beaten wife laying in the yard outside their home on April 16, 2011 and called 911. In addition to the injuries sustained in the beating, Roberts’ wife had suffered extreme hypothermia and was transported to a trauma center in Huntington, WV for treatment.

“I am pleased to see this case come to a successful close,” General Conway said. “From prosecuting abuse and neglect cases to providing a shoulder to lean on through an often complicated legal process, my Office works every day to provide hope and healing to victims of violent crime in Kentucky.”

The charges against Roberts are the result of an investigation by Kentucky State Police.  General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecution prosecuted the case at the request of former Morgan County Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Conn.

Second degree assault carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison. Roberts will be sentenced on June 24, 2013. He is currently lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.