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7/15 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Please see our Circuit Court Reports page at louisvilleprosecutor.com/circuit-court-reports for more information and archives.

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021: JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT MOTION HOURS AND ARRAIGNMENTS HAVE RETURNED TO IN-PERSON WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DIVISIONS SIX AND SEVEN. DIVISIONS SIX AND SEVEN WILL CONTINUE TELEPHONIC ARRAIGNMENTS. Each week going forward, these details will be posted on the first page of the Circuit Court Arraignments report.

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7/8 Weekly Circuit Court Reports

From the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. Please see our Circuit Court Reports page at louisvilleprosecutor.com/circuit-court-reports for more information and archives.

EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2021: JEFFERSON CIRCUIT COURT MOTION HOURS AND ARRAIGNMENTS WILL RETURN TO IN PERSON WITH THE EXCEPTION OF DIVISIONS SIX AND SEVEN. DIVISIONS SIX AND SEVEN WILL CONTINUE TELEPHONIC ARRAIGNMENTS. Each week going forward, these details will be posted on the first page of the Circuit Court Arraignments report.

All report titles link to PDF documents:

Alleged gang members indicted

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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
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

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.

Guilty verdicts in 2019 Seneca golf course crash

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OFFICE OF THE COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY
COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY
30th JUDICIAL CIRCUIT
THOMAS B. WINE, COMMONWEALTH’S ATTORNEY

Media Release: July 2, 2021

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications: Jeff Cooke
Office: (502) 595-2300 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text: (502) 262-5809
E-mail: jcooke@louisvilleprosecutor.com

Today a Jefferson County jury brought some measure of justice to the family of Mr. Christopher Schulz, who was killed on August 11, 2019 by a drunk driver, Lazaro Osmany Pozo Illas, and to Mr. Brian Hovekamp, who was severely injured in the same collision. Defendant Illas was driving at twice the legal speed limit with a blood alcohol level at twice the level of presumed intoxication when his automobile smashed into the golf cart occupied by Mr. Schulz and Mr. Hovekamp as the cart was in a cross walk. Schulz and Hovekamp were life-long friends who were enjoying a round of golf at the Seneca Golf Course at the time of the collision.

Following the verdict Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine stated:

Prosecutors Justin Janes and Corey Taylor, along with lead officer Mark Batson of the Louisville Metro Police Department, worked diligently for almost two years to prepare this case. The tragic death of Mr. Schulz, and the serious injuries to Mr. Hovekamp, could have been avoided had Illas simply driven the speed limit and not consumed excessive amounts of alcohol. It is especially disturbing that this terrible, avoidable tragedy occurred in a heavily traveled area used by golfers, bicyclists, walkers and other motorists.

The jury verdict of guilt and recommended sentence of 30 years (*see below for breakdown of sentences) on the charges of Murder, Assault in the First Degree, Wanton Endangerment in the First Degree, Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants and Operating a Motor Vehicle without and Operator’s License should be a reminder to all persons who drink and drive that these motor vehicle fatalities and injuries will be aggressively investigated and prosecuted, and the community, through the jury system, will impose serious sanctions.

As we prepare to the 4th of July festivities, we are reminded to drink responsibly and respect the speed limits on all roadways.

  • Murder – 20 years
  • Assault 1st – 10 years both sentences to consecutive with each other for a total of 30 years. Concurrent with the following sentences:
  • Wanton Endangerment 1 (2 counts) 1 year each count
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle Under the Influence of Intoxicants – 30 days
  • Operating a Motor Vehicle with No Operator’s License – 90 days