3/12 Media Release

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Seal of Kentucky

Weekly Media Release: March 12 – March 16, 2018

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:                 (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:        (502) 262-5809
E-mail:               jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

NOTE: These represent only a few of the many cases which the Office of Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney is handling. If you have any comments, or need further information concerning these or any other matters please do not hesitate to call. An indictment is only an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until or unless found guilty. The enclosed court actions are subject to change.

According to the Rules of Criminal Procedure (RCr 3.02, 3.05, and 8.01), the arraignment of individuals whose case has been submitted directly to the grand jury shall take place within a reasonable time after the return of an indictment. If you are interested in a case that has been submitted directly to the grand jury, then please contact the court division in which it has been assigned to obtain the time and date of the arraignment.


Thomas B. Wine, Commonwealth’s Attorney, is pleased to announce that his office will be participating in the 2nd Annual Kentucky Legal Food Frenzy from March 15 to April 2, 2018. The Food Frenzy is a statewide fund drive competition among Kentucky law firms, law schools and legal organizations to support the members of the Kentucky Association of Food Banks.

The campaign is sponsored by the office of Attorney General Andy Beshear, the office of Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes and the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division.

Over 700,000 Kentuckians, including more than 200,000 children, struggle with hunger. Yet only one in 13 school-aged children who receive free and reduced-priced lunch during the school year have access to such meals during the summer months. The Legal Food Frenzy is timed to provide a much-needed supply of resources to Kentucky’s food bank network to meet increased demand during the summer months when schools are closed. Over 125 legal organizations raised the equivalent of over 350,000 pounds of food during the 2017 campaign

Every $1 contributed will count as 8 pounds of food for the competition. The Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney will be collecting both food and fund donations. To learn more please contact Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jessica E. Kingsley at jkingsley@louisvilleprosecutor.com or visit KyFoodFrenzy.com.


James Mallory, Anthony L. Hogan Jr., and Cannon Pendegrass – 12CR1317 (Murder, Burglary in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Mallory (DOB 09/05/82), Mr. Hogan, (DOB 06/16/93), and Mr. Pendegrass (DOB 12/14/89) are charged with the April 11, 2012 Murder of 15 year old Gregory Holt Jr. inside his home. Mr. Mallory’s case is scheduled for Jury Trial and expected to begin on September 21, 2018. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Mr. Pendegrass and Mr. Hogan’s cases on March 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in Division 12 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Dorislee Gilbert and Madison Shoffner are the prosecutors.


Isaiah Hayes and Destiny Rhodes- 16CR2025 (Robbery in the First Degree [9 counts])

  • Mr. Hayes (DOB 11/19/93) and Ms. Rhodes (DOB 06/05/96) are charged with committing multiple business robberies between June 26, 2016, and July 22, 2016, at Walgreens Stores throughout Jefferson County.   A Suppression Hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. in Division 3 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.

Danesha Peden – 17CR3708 (Murder [3 Counts], Arson in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [15 Counts])

  • Ms. Peden (DOB 03/30/91) was charged after she set fire to an occupied apartment building at 3409 Shanks Lane in southwest Louisville on December 5, 2017. One adult and two minors were killed as a result of the fire and other occupants were forced to jump out of windows or be rescued by firefighters to escape the blaze.  Ms. Peden was arrested the next day and confessed to setting the fire.  This case will be prosecuted as a capital offense.  A bond hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Jessica E. Kingsley is the prosecutor.

Kenneth Dwayne Willis – 16CR1934 (Murder, Possession of a Handgun by Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Controlled Substance in the First Degree [Heroin])

  • Mr. Willis (DOB 09/10/64) is charged with the July 12, 2016, shooting death of Ashley Spriggs at 2323 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.  A Hearing is scheduled to discuss various trial matters for Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. in Division 6 of Jefferson Circuit Court.  Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.


Patrick Burage, Stephon Craig, Wallace Louis, Jr., Wallecia Louis, Brandon Rauh, Robin Toole, and Mario Vricic – 14CR2416 (Robbery in the First Degree [Multiple Counts])

  • Messrs. Burage (DOB 09/03/92), Craig (DOB 08/15/86), Louis (DOB 11/19/87), Rauh (DOB 09/26/92), Vricic (DOB 09/30/93), Ms. Louis (DOB 04/14/89), and Ms. Toole (DOB 03/18/86), are charged in connection with multiple robberies of Radio Shack and Verizon Wireless stores between June 13, 2014, and September 5, 2014. Final sentencing is scheduled for Monday, March 12, 2018, at 10 a.m. in Division 1 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.


Charles Anthony Washington III – 13CR2250 (Murder [Capital], Robbery in the First Degree, Burglary in the First Degree, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon)

  • Mr. Washington (DOB 03/02/93) is charged with the August 12, 2013 Murder of P.J. Barber. The defendant unlawfully entered the victim’s residence and demanded drugs and money. When the victim attempted to flee, he was chased and shot multiple times. There were five other individuals inside the apartment at the time of the Murder, including the victim’s nine-day-old child. A Jury Trial is ongoing in Division 4 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Frank Dahl and Ebert Haegele are the prosecutors.

Michael A. Thornton – 15CR1981 (Criminal Attempt Murder, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree [4 Counts], Assault in the Third Degree, Receiving Stolen Property Over $500, Fleeing or Evading Police in the First Degree, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Escape in the Second Degree, Theft By Failure to Make Required Disposition of Property Over $500, Tampering With a Prisoner Monitoring Device, Persistent Felony Offender in the First Degree)

  • Mr. Thornton (DOB 09/04/98) is charged with escaping HIP in March 2015. When officers found the defendant he was driving a stolen vehicle, tried to run over HIP Officer John Hagan, fled from police, and crashed the vehicle he was driving into 2 police cruisers. A Trial is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Jennifer Murzyn Yancey is the prosecutor.