Three plead guilty to assault for January shooting

Published 10:53 am Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The three people accused of searching for and shooting a person in a revenge shooting in January pleaded guilty Monday to assault charges.

Chase Winings, Heather Cunningham and Jacob Hornback each pleaded guilty to assault under extreme emotional disturbance and a recommended five-year sentence Monday afternoon in Clark Circuit Court.

The three were charged with the shooting of Dalton Rogers on Jan. 8 while he sat in his car in a parking lot on Lexington Avenue.

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Cunningham told Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue Rogers had entered her apartment and put a gun to her child’s head prior to the incident.

Hornback said he called Winings to come over, and Cunninghan said she drove them around Winchester looking for Rogers.

Winchester Police said the group found Rogers sitting in his car near the corner of Arlington Road and Lexington Avenue.

Winings said he did not know initially if he had shot anyone or not.

“I let my emotions take over,” he said Monday. “I rolled the window down … and opened fire.”

Winchester Police said Rogers was able to drive himself to the police department after being shot. An ambulance then took Rogers to the University of Kentucky Medical Center with two collapsed lungs, a lacerated liver and internal bleeding.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Charles Johnson said Rogers has been uncooperative with the prosecution and they have not been able to contact him.

Cunningham and Hornback were originally charged with complicity to first-degree assault charge, while Winings was charged with first-degree assault.

Prosecutors recommended all three be sentenced to the maximum of five years. A sentencing hearing was scheduled for Oct. 10.

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