LEXINGTON, Ky. - For five minutes, John Buckley, IV spoke about the trial that ended in his rape and sodomy conviction.
"In Fayette County, if you get arrested, the vox populi turns their heads, saying don't go looking to the Constitution for protection. The Constitution is only for those who remain unaccused," he said.
The judge sentenced Buckley to 34 years in prison. Thirty for his original rape and sodomy convictions in 2012 and four for the bail-jumping and tampering with a monitoring device charges he pled guilty to today. Buckley had walked out of the courthouse while the jury deliberated last summer and was on the run for ten months.
"It occurred to me during my time in the woods that surrender is the key to being a citizen of Fayette County. Surrender to tyranny, surrender to injustice, surrender to the rapists of everything I fought and shed my blood for. The problem is, I'm a United States Army Ranger, and surrender is not a Ranger word," said Buckley.
Buckley's father, John Buckley, III was in the courtroom. He says this case isn't over.
Lexington needs to be very concerned about how its legal system is working today. There's an appeal. That's all we've got. We obviously will use it. There are always two sides to every story and when you prevent somebody from being able to defend themselves, you might as well lynch him," said Buckley, III.