A Carlisle County man, who was found guilty of reckless homicide last week for killing a neighbor, was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
Kenneth Jones was convicted of fatally shooting his neighbor, Perry Warren, five times in Warren's driveway in 2008.
Jones will stay in jail while the Department of Corrections double-checks the time he has already served. In a 2009 trial on the same charge, a jury convicted him of murder. Jurors also found him mentally ill and recommended a 25-year sentence, which Circuit Court Judge Tim Langford imposed.
Less than two years into his sentence last September, however, the Kentucky Supreme Court reversed the conviction after reviewing an appeal involving jury instructions given by Langford. A new trial was ordered.
Jones' retrial was delayed several times and took place over two days last week. After six hours of deliberation, a jury found him guilty of reckless homicide and recommended the five-year sentence.
Two Kentucky State Police troopers had to be deputized by Langford to keep courtroom order when Jones was found guilty.
"The family is so devastated, and I feel horrible that we can't do more to help them," Commonwealth Attorney Mike Stacy said.
Langford told the court he wanted to confirm the time he accrued in the Department of Corrections system before releasing him. Jones was expecting to walk out of the courtroom a free man, but was handed over to the Department of Corrections instead on Thursday afternoon.
A pre-sentence investigation, done by the Department of Corrections, and delivered to Langford, showed Jones had served 2,208 days in jail, which translates to 6 years 17 days. Langford was unavailable for comment.
"He should have been released last week," Jones' attorney, Doug Moore, said. "He should have been released today. I've contacted the Department of Corrections, and if nothing is done by tomorrow I will be taking further action."
Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652 or follow @CoriEgan on Twitter.
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