Louisville police: Jeffersontown robbery suspect dies in shooting
Authorities responded to a reported shots fired near Watterson Trail and Ruckriegel Parkway Wednesday morning in Jeffersontown.
Judge rejects plea deal in LMPD Explorer sex abuse case , saying sentence 'not acceptable'. Matthew Glowicki, Louisville Courier Journal U.S. District Judge David Hale said Thursday that the degree to which Kenneth Betts ' plea agreement deviated from sentencing guidelines “is not
Louisville police: Jeffersontown robbery suspect dies in shooting. Authorities responded to a reported shots fired near Watterson Trail and Ruckriegel Parkway Wednesday morning in Jeffersontown. Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Kenneth Betts , one of Brian Butler, Betts ' attorney
A federal judge rejected the plea deal of a former police officer charged in the Explorer program sex abuse scandal, saying the punishment was too lenient.
U.S. District Court Judge David Hale said Thursday that the degree to which the plea agreement deviated from sentencing guidelines “is not acceptable to this court.”
, a former Louisville Metro police officer, in December 2018.
LMPD identifies officer, serial robbery suspect involved in fatal confrontation
No police footage is available of a shooting involving officers and a serial robbery suspect. The shooting happened around 10:24 a.m. in the area of Ruckriegel Parkway and Watterson Trail. Louisville Metro police said officers were making a traffic stop on a man believed to have been involved in several area business robberies. That man has been identified as Djuantez Anthony Mitchell, 30. When officers stopped Mitchell, he struck a Louisville Metro officer who was outside his vehicle, and then hit an unoccupied Jeffersontown police cruiser, police said. Then, officer Bryan Arnold fired multiple shots at Mitchell, police said.
A federal judge has rejected former LMPD Officer Kenneth Betts ’ plea deal in the Explorer sex abuse scandal. Betts ' federal case involves four victims and his state case involves two other victims, a prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office said in court.
Earlier: Judge rejects plea deal in LMPD Explorer sex abuse case . Support local journalism. As part of his plea deal , Betts admitted to asking for and receiving sexually explicit pictures from one teen via Facebook and sending some of them back to the victim years later using social media, court
Betts and the government reached a deal, calling for him to serve 10 to 15 years in prison, butthat federal sentencing guidelines call for a sentence of 27 years.
With the plea agreement rejected, Betts will now need to decide whether to withdraw his guilty plea and possibly strike a new deal with prosecutors or stick with his plea and face a possible harsher sentence by Hale.
He’s scheduled to be back in court Aug. 14.
Betts began as a recruit with the department in February 2006.
Seven years earlier, he had joined the Explorer program as a youth. He later would become an adviser in the program.
LMPD officers indicted in fraud scheme plead not guilty
Six LMPD officers indicted in a work fraud scheme pleaded not guilty in court on Monday. The officers were charged last week after a sweeping months long investigation. Prosecutors said these six officers were paid for private security jobs while still on the clock for their regular patrol shifts. That security company was created by one of the officers who officials said tried to destroy evidence when it appeared he'd been exposed. Michael Abernathy Jr., Dontae Booker, Cortez Ernest, Jackie Miller, Ashley Spratt and Roniqua Yocum are charged with theft and criminal syndication. Miller is also charged with tampering with evidence.
Former LMPD officer Kenneth Betts has been sentenced to 16 years in federal prison for his role in the Youth The second former Louisville Metro police officer involved in a sex abuse scandal has been sentenced to A federal judge rejected a plea deal for Betts in May, stating it was too lenient. Betts
A former Louisville Metro Police Department officer who pleaded guilty to charges related to the department’s Youth Explorer Program child sex abuse He rejected the deal Betts had been offered of 10 to 15 years in prison. As a result, Betts now has a few different options. He can either accept a
He resigned in March 2014 following an internal police department investigation into possible "improper contact" between him and a teenage girl in the program
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After striking down first deal, judge sentences LMPD officer in Explorer case.
Shortly after rejecting one deal, a federal judge has accepted a new deal in a sex abuse case involving a former Louisville Metro officer. Brandon Wood is one of two officers charged accused of sexually abusing minors while participating in LMPD's Youth Explorer Program. Wood pleaded guilty to enticement earlier this year in exchange for five years behind bars. A federal a judge struck down his deal without explanation. A new deal was then presented and Wood was sentenced to 70 months in prison. A week ago, a federal judge rejected a plea deal for the other officer accused in the scandal, Kenneth Betts. The judge said he found the deal too lenient.