Young pleas guilty
9/11/2013 10:28:36 AM
10/2/2015 10:10:08 AM
On Oct. 1 the culmination of two years of speculation about what would happen to former Kentucky State Trooper Stratford Young came to an end. In 2014, a Meade County Grand Jury indicted Young on two counts of Sodomy in the third degree and one count of Rape in the third degree with a 15-year-old girl. Young was set to go to trial on these charges this month, but this all changed on Sept. 3, when Young’s attorney Kenton Smith filed a motion for dismissal on the grounds of selective prosecution. Young was supposed to go before Judge Bruce T. Butler for the dismissal hearing on Sept. 23, but it was continued to the Oct. 1 hearing.
At approximately 10 a.m. on Oct. 1, Judge Butler came to the bench and called Young before him. He approached the judge with his lawyers Smith and Susan Streible, along with Special Prosecutor for the Commonwealth Diane Arnold and Commonwealth’s Attorney for Jefferson County, Thomas B. Wine.
The entire ordeal was over in one sentence that was said by Judge Butler, “You’re here to enter a plea.” After the entire two year battle between the Commonwealth and Young’s lawyers, after all of the motions and hearings, Young stood before Butler on Oct. 1 and plead guilty.
The Commonwealth had made an offer to Young of reduced charges. The new charges were: three counts of Unlawful Transaction with a Minor 2nd Degree.
Smith spoke for Young when he told Judge Butler that he intended to plea guilty due to the unlikely success at a jury trial. That was when Judge Butler asked Young if he understood. Young answered in the affirmative. Young then gave up his constitutional right to a trial by jury and a chance to appeal the charges, by entering a guilty plea.
Smith showed the judge a Motion to Enter a Guilty Plea that was signed by Young. The judge asked if Young signed this motion of his own free will and he also answered in the affirmative.
That was when the Commonwealth’s recommendation from sentence was read. The Commonwealth requested that Young received two years probated five years, have no contact with the victim and be forbidden from working with juveniles in the future. The charges of Unlawful Transaction with a Minor in the Second Degree are a class D Felony, so Young will also be a convicted felon.
This is not the end of this story though, Young will appear before Judge Butler one final time on Nov. 19 at 9 a.m. to be officially sentenced.
The Messenger will continue to follow this story as it develops.