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Kentucky’s defeated Gov. Bevin pardoned 428 since election day, prompting harsh criticism: report

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After conceding to Democrat Andy Beshear — but before giving up his governorship — Kentucky’s now-former Republican Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned 428 people between election day through the end of his term Monday, according to the Secretary of State’s Office, including some who committed violent offenses.

Bevin narrowly lost to Beshear in November, by about 5,000 votes. After calling for a recanvass, he conceded to the loss nearly a week later. Since that time, he’s issued 428 pardons, including to a man convicted of reckless homicide, a convicted child rapist, a man who murdered his parents at age 16, and a woman who threw her newborn in the trash after giving birth in a flea market outhouse.

Bevin wrote that the woman, Kathy Harless, had “paid enough for the death of her newborn son.”

In one case, a man was convicted of homicide and other crimes in a 2014 home invasion. Patrick Baker was pardoned after his family raised $21,500 at a political fundraiser last year to help repay debt from Bevin’s 2015 gubernatorial campaign, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.

In 2018, a photo was found of Bevin at the home of Baker’s brother and sister-in-law.

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Bevin has also pardoned Dayton Jones, a man who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a party. The incident was captured on video and shared to social media; the boy suffered internal injuries as a result of the attack.

Governors often issue pardons as they leave office, but Bevin’s odd choices have infuriated some of the state’s attornies. Commonwealth’s attorney Jackie Steele — a Republican like Bevin — said it would be an “understatement to say I am aggrieved” by the pardons.

Steele said that in the Baker case, Bevin did not pardon Baker’s co-conspirators in the robbery and homicide. Steele said he believes Baker was pardoned because of the money his family had donated to Bevin.

Judge David Williams sentenced Baker in 2017. He told the Courier Journal that, in his 30 years of practice, “I’ve never seen a more compelling or complete case… The evidence was just overwhelming.”

“I’m a big believer in second chances,” Bevin told The Washington Post on Thursday. “I think this is a nation that was founded on the concept of redemption and second chances and new pages in life.”

He claimed on Twitter that “not a single person was released who had not already been scheduled for a specific release date or who was sentenced with the eligibility to be considered for early release.”

“The vast majority of those who were pardoned, have actually been out of prison for years and have fully paid their debt to society,” Bevin added.

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Lawyer Eddy Montgomery said the pardoned criminals’ victims received no warning of their release, and he rushed to inform families before they were blindsided.

Montgomery said he was particularly shocked to see Brett Whitaker pardoned — Whitaker was convicted of two counts of murder after killing a pastor and his wife while driving under the influence in 2011.

Another pardon was granted to Micah Schoettle, who was convicted last spring of raping a 9-year-old child and sentenced to 23 years in prison. Bevin wrote that Schoettle had been convicted of the crime “based only on testimony that was not supported by any physical evidence.”

The governor has full jurisdiction over pardons under Kentucky’s constitution, except in cases of treason against the state.

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On Thursday, Beshear restored voting rights to 140,000 convicted non-violent felons, just days after being sworn into office.

The state used to allow non-violent offenders to vote after they’d served their sentence, but in 2015 Bevin reversed the order. Kentucky was just one of two states with lifetime disenfranchisement laws that barred convicted felons from voting, regardless of the crime.

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Kentucky’s Beshear restores voting rights to over 100,000 convicted felons days after inauguration

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear signed an executive order Thursday to restore voting rights to nearly 140,000 convicted felons, making good on an inaugural promise he made just days ago after being sworn in.

The order applies to Kentuckians who have committed non-violent offenses and have completed their sentences and does not include sex offenders, rapists or murderers, Beshear, a Democrat, said to a group of voting rights supporters.

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Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear signs an executive order to reinstate the voting rights of over 100,000 non-violent felons who have completed their sentences, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

“My faith teaches me forgiveness,” Beshear said. “We all make mistakes.”

Beshear called it an “injustice” that former felons are unable to “fully rejoin society by casting a vote on election day [and were] automatically denied regardless of the circumstances of their offense or their good work since serving their sentences.”

The move reinstates an executive order implemented by Beshear’s father, former Gov. Steve Beshear, in 2015 that was reversed by Republican successor Matt Bevin, whom Andy Beshear defeated in an upset victory last month. Bevin conceded to Beshear in the most recent election a week after he called for a recanvass in the gubernatorial race that saw him trailing by about 5,000 votes.

Kentucky was just one of two states with lifetime disenfranchisement laws that barred convicted felons from voting, regardless of the crime. Currently, Iowa is the only other state left with such laws.

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Rynn Young, of Louisville, Kentucky, shakes the hand of Kentucky Democratic Governor Andy Beshear after the signing of an executive order to reinstate the voting rights of over 100,000 non-violent felons who have completed their sentences, at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Young was convicted of a drug possession when he was 18 and will have his voting rights restored with today’s order. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Beshear also voiced support for a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore voting rights to nonviolent felons, which has been championed by Iowa’s Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds.

The Democratic governor was joined by two former felons, Rynn Young and Amanda Bourland, who both served time for drug possession charges nearly two decades ago and lost their rights to vote when they were 18 years old.

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Amanda Bourland, of Louisville, Kentucky, speaks at a press conference at the Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Thu, Dec. 12, 2019. Bourland was convicted of a drug offenses when he was 18 and will have her voting rights restored with today’s order. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)

Young, who was convicted in 1998 and is now a salesman and father of twin 21-month-old daughters, called the order “an early Christmas gift” from Beshear.

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“Trust me,” Young said, “twenty-one years without a voice is unimaginable, believe me. I just appreciate the opportunity for a second chance.”

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3 people arrested in Kentucky after allegedly selling baby for $2G: police

Three people have been arrested in Kentucky after their alleged involvement in the selling and purchase of a baby for $2,000, police said on Tuesday.

Police said they made the arrests after receiving a tip from officials at a Bowling Green elementary school on Monday that a woman had given away a child.

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Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez (right), who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers that she gave her baby to a man and a woman, a news release said.  (Warren County Regional Jail)

Authorities spoke with the mother, Maria Domingo Perez, who first gave a conflicting statement to police but eventually told officers she gave her baby to a man and a woman, according to a press release.

Bowling Green Police said Pascual Jose Manuel and Catarina Felipe Jose told detectives that they gave Domingo Perez $2,000 for the baby.

Social services has taken custody of the baby and Domingo Perez’s four other children, the press release said.

All three people believed to be involved in the transaction have been charged with the selling and purchasing of a child for adoption, which is a felony.

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The investigation is ongoing.

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Man says spiral light bulb filled with ladybugs almost burned down house

A Kentucky man’s warning about a spiral light bulb nearly causing his home to catch fire is as gross as it is shocking.

Jason Whitaker took to Facebook to share the results after he discovered a four- to five-year-old bulb that could’ve burned down his house.

“I kept smelling something like electrical fire. I tore my house apart trying to find it and finally did,” Whitaker wrote. “These light bulbs will burn your house down.”

Images of the spiral light bulb revealed that it was filled with what appeared to be dozens of ladybugs. The bulb also had burn marks.

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“You can see how close it came to igniting,” Whitaker said. “I changed all the light bulbs. Please check yours.”

Whitaker’s warning went viral with 109,000 shares. Other commenters also warned of the potential danger of the spiral light bulbs.

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A Kentucky man’s warning about a spiral light bulb nearly causing his home to catch fire is as gross as it is shocking. (Photo: iStock)

“Wow. I’ll have to check ours. Our house has tons of lady bugs,” a Facebook user commented.

“That’s incredibly scary!!!!” another person commented.

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“Had one melt down at my house [too] kept smelling it thankfully I found it before it was too late,” another Facebook user said.

Another person wrote, “So glad u figured that out!”

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Kentucky man surprises girlfriend with enormous ‘marry me’ sign, plane ride proposal

A man has taken his love for his girlfriend to the sky.

Ryan Wilson of Lewisport, Kentucky, planned a surprise proposal for his now-fiancée, which involved a field, a wooden sign and a plane.

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To create the romantic gesture, Wilson built a huge sign reading “Marry Me” out of wood, which he laid out in his yard. The man then took his unsuspecting girlfriend, Shawna Aud, on a plane ride.

“Shawna had no idea about what would happen on this flight and her reaction is so priceless,” he told Caters News Agency.

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Ryan Wilson planned a surprise proposal for his now-fiancée, which involved a field, a wooden sign and a plane. (Photo: Caters News Agency)

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In a 3-and-a-half-minute video of the sweet proposal, Aud is seen enjoying the ride before pilot Chris Conley steers the pair over Wilson’s lawn and she sees the “Marry Me” sign, at which point Wilson presents her with the ring.

Aud begins crying at the shock and vigorously nods her head yes. Wilson then places the ring on her finger before Conley starts laughing and congratulates the newly engaged couple.

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The pilot continued to circle around for a bit while they took in the view and soaked in the happy moment.

The pilot said Wilson had planned the in-air engagement prior to the flight, so Conley “knew what was about to happen” when he flew over the yard.

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The couple is planning on getting married in January 2021.

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Kentucky governor pardons man sentenced to life for sexually abusing stepdaughter, 6

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Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has pardoned a man serving life in prison for sexually abusing his 6-year-old stepdaughter, saying the man was wrongly convicted.

News outlets report Bevin issued the pardon Friday, saying that Paul Donel Hurt was wrongly convicted of first-degree sexual abuse and sodomy in Louisville in 2001. Hurt’s accuser recanted her testimony at a hearing in 2015, but the conviction stood.

“Hindsight is never truly 20/20, but it appears to me, and to many others including the judge who sentenced him, that Paul Donel Hurt has been wrongly convicted and imprisoned for nearly 20 years,” Bevin wrote, according to the Courier-Journal.

Circuit Court Judge Audra Jean Eckerle ruled the recantation was inconsistent. She also expressed concern because the trial judge in the case had communicated with Hurt and the victim after retiring from the bench. Eckerle says the trial judge “altered” the victim’s memory and testimony “by using judicial coercion and intimidation.”

An appellate court later upheld that ruling.

Hurt was released from the Kentucky State Reformatory on Friday.

The paper reported that a spokesman for the Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine said there were issues “raised during those post-conviction matters that make it easy  to understand why the governor would question the validity of the conviction.” An after-hours email from Fox News to Bevin’s office was not immediately returned.

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Bevin conceded in his reelection bid against Democrat Andy Beshear earlier this month after the initial vote results were deemed too close to call. Bevin said during a news conference in Frankfort that he was conceding because he wanted “what is best for Kentucky.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Andrew O’Reilly and the Associated Press contributed to this report

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Dippin’ Dots factory explosion in Kentucky leaves 4 injured

Four employees were injured in an explosion Friday night at a Kentucky production facility for Dippin’ Dots ice cream, according to reports.

One of the victims was released from a hospital and another was expected to be released soon. There was no word on the type or extent of any of the victims’ injuries, WPSD-TV of Paducah reported.

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The Dippin’ Dots factory in Paducah, Ky.  (Google Maps)

Dippin’ Dots Vice President of Administration Steve Heisner told WPSD the company first wanted to make sure all employees were accounted for and “ensure that they’re safe.”

Heisner added he hoped a structural engineer could assess the damage at the Paducah facility this weekend.

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Dippin’ Dots are pellets of ice cream. The treat was invented in the 1980s. (Dippin’ Dots Facebook page)

The extent of the damage was unknown and the cause of the explosion, which happened in the production area, was under investigation.

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The victims were not immediately identified.

Dippin’ Dots are ice cream in pellet form. The treat was invented in the 1980s and is available in multiple flavors.

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Kentucky high school students allegedly attacked autistic teen in bathroom, leaving him unconscious in pool of blood, reports say

An autistic teen was found in a pool of blood after he was allegedly beaten and knocked unconscious by several students at a Kentucky high school last Thursday, according to local reports.

Court records say three students followed the victim into a bathroom at Louisville’s Iroquois High School while one stood watch at the door.

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Damon Simmons is facing multiple charges in connection with the alleged beating of an autistic high school student. (Louisville Metro Corrections Department)

The court records say the students “beat the victim with their hands and feet until he was knocked unconscious.”

Another student later found the victim lying on the floor in a pool of blood, Louisville’s WAVE 3 reported.

Emergency responders transferred the victim to an area hospital where he underwent surgery to repair his fractured jaw which had several teeth knocked loose, the sheriff’s deputy said.

Damon Simmons, 18, has been arrested in connection with the alleged beating, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported. He has been charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief. Simmons has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Court records indicate he is being held at the Louisville Metro Department of Correction on $25,000 bond.

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The other alleged perpetrators, who are juveniles, are facing first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, and second-degree assault – all of which are felonies, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

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Former Kentucky GOP candidate for governor endorses Democrat against Republican incumbent

A former Republican candidate for Kentucky governor has endorsed incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin‘s Democratic rival.

William Woods announced his endorsement of Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear in a video posted Monday to Twitter.

“This election isn’t about politics to me, It’s about doing the right thing,” Woods said. “I’m ready for a governor who will respect all of us, regardless of political affiliation.”

Woods finished a distant third in May’s gubernatorial primary with just over 14,000 votes, compared to 136,000 votes for Bevin.

In his message, Woods cited Beshear’s support for public schools and law enforcement. The reference to schools refers to last year’s tensions between teachers and state Republican lawmakers over several education bills.

At one point, teachers across the state called in sick in protest against changes to the management of their pension system, forcing some school districts to close several times.

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Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, left, and Democratic Attorney General Andy Beshear participate in a debate at the Singletary Center for the Arts on the University of Kentucky campus in Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 15. (Ryan C. Hermens/Lexington Herald-Leader via AP, Pool)

Bevin criticized the “sickouts” and state educators, saying they left “students in the lurch.”

In a statement to Fox News, Bevin’s campaign manager, Davis Paine, said the governor is “proud to have the support of real Kentucky leaders on both sides of the aisle, Republicans and Democrats.”

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“It’s not news that Andy Beshear has earned the support of an unknown anti-Trump liberal,” Paine added.

President Trump has thrown his support to Bevin and plans to hold a rally on Nov. 4  —  the day before the election — at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

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CNN’s Brian Stelter calls out ABC News’ gun-range video error: Network ‘has not explained what happened’

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ABC News still hasn’t explained how it mistook footage from a Kentucky gun range for authentic video of fighting between Syria and Turkish forces but has promised to dole out internal “consequences” for the error, CNN’s Brian Stelter said Sunday.

“Let’s talk about the most egregious media error of the week,” he said during “Reliable Sources.” “This involves ABC News, showing video from a gun range in Kentucky that they said was video of a slaughter in Syria.”

“It’s actually from a Kentucky gun range,” Stelter added. “Now ABC says it regrets the error, but it has not explained what happened.”

The network issued a correction Monday after reportedly using video from the Knob Creek Gun Range in West Point, while the words “CRISIS IN SYRIA. ISIS prisoners escape as death toll rises in attacks,” appeared beneath it.

ABC APOLOGIZES FOR MISTAKING KENTUCKY GUN RANGE VIDEO FOR TURKISH BOMBING OF SYRIA

The footage first aired on Sunday‘s “World News Tonight” as anchor Tom Llamas claimed it showed a Turkish attack on a group of Kurdish civilians in a Syrian border town.

Both “Good Morning America” and “World News Tonight” issued an identical statement on Twitter expressing regret over the mistake.

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“CORRECTION: We’ve taken down video that aired on ‘World News Tonight’ Sunday and ‘Good Morning America’ this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy. ABC News regrets the error,” the tweet read.

“What went wrong here?” Stelter asked. “An ABC source said to me, ‘there will be consequences internally,’ but they won’t say what that means.”

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