Barnett formally sentenced for killing police chief

By Ashlee Clark

James H. "Jamie" Barnett

James H. "Jamie" Barnett

James H. “Jamie” Barnett, who last month was convicted of killing Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy, was formally sentenced to life in prison Wednesday at the Powell County courthouse.

He can seek parole in 20 years. Barnett accepted a deal for a life sentence after a jury found him guilty of wanton murder on July 16.

After Wednesday’s sentencing, Barnett’s brother, Gerald Barnett, was arrested after a confrontation with Powell County sheriff’s deputy Rob Matthews.

Gerald Barnett is being held in the Clark County jail on a $25,000 cash bond on charges of disorderly conduct and two counts of terroristic threatening, Clark County Deputy Jailer Billy Thomas said.

He is also being held on a $35,000 cash bond on retaliating against a participant in a legal process.

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2 Comments on “Barnett formally sentenced for killing police chief”

  1. George Neal Says:

    He should have received life without possibily of PAROLE
    , or the death sentence, if Kentucky has the death sentence?
    20 ears and eligible for parole for shooting and killing a law officier is a slap on the wrist.

  2. Jack Rose Says:

    What a shame that an individual cannot be found guilty of first degree murder because of ingesting a number of illegal mind altering chemicals. This individual should have been found guilty of the capital crime and sentenced to death. The commonwealth should not have to pay for the support of this dastardly person.


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