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Beshear: Jefferson County Man Receives 7 Years for Threatening County Prosecutor during Court Proceeding

Jury returns guilty verdict; inmate accepts sentence in exchange for waiving all appeals

FRANKFORT, KY. (Dec. 4, 2017) – Attorney General Andy Beshear announced today that a Jefferson County man has been given a seven-year sentence for threatening the life of a local prosecutor in Oldham Circuit Court in October 2016.

Kenneth Brown, 35, was found guilty of intimidating a participant in the legal process for threatening to kill Jefferson County Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Kristi Gray in 2016. Brown’s two-day trial began Nov. 29, 2017, in Oldham Circuit Court.

According to Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Unit who handled the case, prior to the start of the penalty phase after being found guilty Nov. 30, Brown agreed to accept a seven-year prison sentence in exchange for waiving all future appeals of the charge.

Brown was facing a possible sentence between five to 10 years in prison.

Gray had successfully convicted Brown of murder in 2012 and had charged him with solicitation to commit murder when Brown made the threat against Gray in October 2016. The solicitation to commit murder charge is still pending.

An Oldham County grand jury indicted Brown in January 2017 on the case investigated by the Oldham County Sheriff’s office.

Brown is currently serving a 24-year sentence at Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange for multiple charges, including murder.

Beshear’s Special Prosecutions Unit is responsible for assisting local prosecutors in complex or sensitive cases, as well as handling cases in which local prosecutors recuse themselves.

“Our hardworking prosecutors leave their families every morning to go to work and better all our families,” Beshear said. “When their lives are threatened, my office will respond with the full force of the law.”

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