Indictments returned in high-profile local cases
Published 6:07 pm Monday, December 18, 2017
A Winchester man already facing manslaughter charges was indicted Thursday for threatening to kill an assistant prosecutor on the courthouse steps.
James Pelfrey, 85, of 430 Colby Ridge Blvd., was arrested Nov. 17, a day after he allegedly threatened to shoot Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Heidi Engel in Clark Circuit Court.
According to court documents, Pelfrey was scheduled for a competency hearing and uttered the threat following the hearing. Competency hearings are closed to the public.
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Last week, Pelfrey was back in court for his manslaughter case, and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Johnson identified Engel as the victim in the case.
“He walked over to Ms. Engel and said, ‘I’ll shoot you on the courthouse steps,’” Johnson told Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue Dec. 7. “Then he took a couple steps and said it again.”
Winchester Police officers searched Pelfrey’s home following the incident and found ammunition for a handgun, according to court records.
Pelfrey was free on bond, but was arrested after leaving court Dec. 7.
He is facing two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of second-degree assault from a June 7, 2016 crash on Bypass Road in Winchester. Police said Pelfrey was driving a Cadillac at a high rate of speed and crashed into a stopped vehicle at the intersection with Colby Road. Two people in the car, Sarah Helfrich and Juanetta Mitchell, were killed. A third person in the car, Sadalia Mitchell, was flown from the scene to the hospital. All three women were from Richmond.
Following his arrest, Pelfrey said he was blinded by the lights from a car behind him and did not see the stopped car in font of him.
The grand jury also indicted a Winchester man on 20 counts of possession of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor and one count of distribution.
Vincent Gray, 20, was arrested in October following a two-month investigation by Kentucky State Police. Detectives traced an image posted in an Internet chat room depicting child sexual exploitation back to an IP address on East Washington Street. Detectives executed a search warrant on Oct. 26 and took a laptop computer, two tablets, a cell hone and a hard drive into evidence for further examination.
A Winchester couple was also indicted for first-degree wanton endangerment after entering a residence where someone allegedly stole their child’s shoes.
Tonya Coles and Carl Coles were arrested June 27 on first-degree burglary charges, which was later amended to first-degree robbery. Police said they arrested the Coles outside the residence on Carolina Avenue, where the incident took place.
Witnesses said the Coles entered the home with a handgun and demanded the return of a pair of shoes. The property was returned and the Coles left. While police were on the scene, the Coles reportedly drove up and stopped outside, where they were arrested.
The wanton endangerment lists five people who were inside the home at the time. Under Kentucky law, wanton endangerment includes engaging in conduct that “Creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person.”
The charge carries a sentence of one to five years in prison upon conviction.
The following indictments were returned by the Clark County grand jury Thursday.
— Briana J. Kincaid and Michael D. Sparks, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.
— Austin Moore, first-degree criminal abuse.
— Anna K. Brewer and James C. Havens, fraudulent use of a credit card (two counts).
— William Hatton, fourth-degree assault, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession drug paraphernalia.
— William Hatton, public intoxication, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree possession of a controlled substance.
— Kyle C. Cleaver, leaving the scene of an accident, second-degree burglary (two counts), first-degree wanton endangerment, receiving stolen property (auto).
— David A. Charles, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
— Sheila Brown, theft by unlawful taking, third-degree assault, second-degree possession of a controlled substance, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, second-degree persistent felony offender.
— Chad A. Renner, public intoxication, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, illegal possession of a legend drug.
— Joshua A. Sparks, first-degree fleeing or evading police, second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree persistent felony offender.
— Jazmin Whitman, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance, third-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.
— William Hatton, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia.
— Bobby L. Noble, first-degree bail jumping, first-degree persistent felony offender.
— Travis M. Kemplin, first-degree bail jumping, first-degree persistent felony offender.
— Sheila D. Akers, first-degree wanton endangerment.
— Billy Ray Meade, failure to comply with sex offender registry.
— Joseph Colella, failure to comply with sex offender registry, first-degree persistent felony offender.
— Brandon D. Martin, first-degree bail jumping, first-degree persistent felony offender.
— Tiffany J. Carrington, first-degree bail jumping.
— Darrin Ray Tays, first-degree bail jumping.
— Juan Maldonado, first-degree criminal abuse (two counts).
— Julia Richardson, first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
The following cases were dismissed by the grand jury.
— Shammah Israel, second-degree assault, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, second-degree persistent felony offender.
– Troy Abrams, fourth-degree assault.