OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
Media Release: July 8, 2021
Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2300 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
Jacob Bell, Virgil Jackson, Ramonto Underwood, Reginald Webster, and Demetrius Wiley were indicted today by the Jefferson County Grand Jury on charges of Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime, Receiving Stolen Property over $10,000, Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Failure to Stop and Render Aid, and Fleeing or Evading Police in the Second Degree, and Mr. Wiley was further indicted on charges of Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree while a Member of a Criminal Gang, Possession of a Handgun by a Convicted Felon, and Possession of a Handgun by a Minor – subsequent offender. The charges stem from a May 10, 2021, drive-by shooting at the Manslick Foodmart at 3700 Manslick Road, involving a stolen Dodge Durango and a stolen Kia Optima, both of which crashed while fleeing from police. LMPD investigators had been monitoring the group due to its connection to numerous violent incidents and stolen vehicles.
The enhancement on Mr. Wiley’s wanton endangerment charge is based on a 2018 law (KRS 506.170) that provides for an enhanced penalty and enhanced parole eligibility for offenses that could place a member of the public at risk of physical injury or death when, at the time, the defendant was a member of a criminal gang and acting for the purpose of benefitting, promoting, or furthering the interests of the gang. This indictment marks the first time this enhancement has been charged in Jefferson County.
The Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office recognizes the toll gang or group violence is taking on our community and will use all tools legally available to hold accountable those group members who engage in these shootings that endanger not only themselves and rival group members, but also members of the public who are attempting to go about their business in peace in Jefferson County.
The defendants will be arraigned on Monday, July 12, 2021 at 2:30 p.m. in Division 11 of Jefferson Circuit Court. Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Elizabeth Jones Brown is the prosecutor.