Man gets 15 years for three assaults

Published 4:42 pm Friday, May 12, 2017

A man accused of stabbing his girlfriend, hitting Clark County’s jailer and assaulting a fellow jail prisoner in separate incidents was sentenced to 15 years in prison Thursday.

Brandon Hocker, 29, has spent most of the last four years in custody awaiting resolution for his charges and treatment for mental health issues. Last month, Hocker pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault of a peace officer.

Hocker was examined and found to be competent to stand trial in March.

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Thursday morning, Hocker said nothing before Clark Circuit Judge William Clouse sentenced him to a total of 15 years. According to the plea agreement, Hocker will serve 10 years for hitting Clark County Jailer Frank Doyle following a court appearance two years ago. He will also serve five years each for two previous assaults including stabbing a woman in 2013.

He was also sentenced to 12 months in jail for misdemeanor terroristic threatening after he said he was a cannibal and would eat a Winchester Police officer during his initial arrest in 2013.

Hocker must serve 20 percent of his sentence before becoming eligible to meet the parole board.

The cases started in May 2013 whenHocker stabbed his girlfriend several times during an argument. Hocker was arrested the next day by Winchester Police, during which he said he was a cannibal and was going to eat one of the officers.

The second assault involved another prisoner in the jail. When he pleaded guilty in April, Hocker told the judge the other prisoner said he would beat Hocker, so he decided to act first.

In August 2015, Hocker was agitated during a court date before Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue. After being led outside the courtroom in handcuffs, he swung at Doyle and hit Doyle in the mouth with the handcuffs. Hocker was eventually subdued by court security and deputy jailers. Doyle was not seriously injured but received several stitches.

Hocker told Clouse he swung at Doyle because he grabbed him.

Hocker’s mental health factored into the case. At one point he was found not competent to stand trial, the charges were dismissed and he was admitted to long-term medical care. When Hocker was to be discharged, the charges were reinstated and Hocker returned to jail.

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Fred Petke is a reporter for The Winchester Sun, the Jessamine Journal and the State Journal. His beats include cops, courts, fire, public records, city and county government and other news. To contact Fred, email or call 859-759-0051.

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