Convicted Cop Killer Gets Life Sentence

A man, convicted of shooting and killing a small town police chief, has agreed to accept a life sentence. That means the jury, which was trying to decide his fate, has been dismissed.

Jamie Barnett shot and killed Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy last summer while he was handcuffed in the back of Lacy's cruiser. Investigators say he took Lacy's gun and shot him in the back of the head.

On Wednesday, the jury returned a guilty verdict on the charge of Wanton murder. The jury opted out of convicting him on a more serious intentional murder charge that could have carried the death penalty.

The jury returned on Thursday morning for the sentencing phase.

The agreement came after heart wrenching testimony from Lacy's family, including his wife who told the jury about the last time she saw her husband alive.

After the testimony, Barnett agreed to a life sentence under two conditions: he is eligible for parole in 20 years and keeps his right to an appeal.

The judge agreed to the terms. Barnett's formal sentencing is August 6th.

The trial was moved to Montgomery County from Powell County because there were concerns Barnett couldn't get a fair trial in the county where the crime took place.

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  • by Anonymous on Jul 21, 2008 at 03:04 PM
    Being a juror is a very difficult task. Those of those who condemn their role without have sitting through the entire trial themselves are in the wrong. As for the verdict/sentence - Jamie pled to the max that was available to be given at that point. I am not sure why he did this - but he did. He will be serving LIFE in prison - parole only comes available in 20 years. At that point the Lacy family will have the opportunity to address the parole board to try to keep him incarcerated. If he is denied parole - he serves his life. Those of you who advocate for the death penalty - take a look a ky's death row. The appeal process is long, years and years go by before one is ever scheduled for execution and then it may not happen. Think about the trauma that that would bring on the Lacy family. Every time you turn around, Mr. Barnett being on the news. Look at Ralph Baze.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 20, 2008 at 10:19 PM
    I believe that a high school diploma should be a requirement for jury selection, but according to the post from the juror below that doesn't seem to be the case.
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Jul 20, 2008 at 06:14 PM
    To the neices: how does it feel to know that youre related to human trash?
  • by Irate Location: Kentucky on Jul 20, 2008 at 01:59 PM
    Irritated in Winchester-You really should get your facts straight before you try to post comments about the 1991 case. The only victims there were the young man who's life was taken and his family. If it were as you stated, there wouldn't already be a Barnett in prison for murder, would there?
  • by denise Location: clay city on Jul 20, 2008 at 09:05 AM
    irritated in winchester must be on drugs,in 1991 the dirtbag that murdered the young man got up before the judge plead guilty ,said he knew what he was doing and knew what he had done.he also stated that the victim DID NOT have any weapons on him and had not threatened him. he is in prison where he belongs and that family can only hope that that scum never comes out alive. boo hoo, because he will be another repeat affender.maybe jamie and his brother will be cell mates if jamie is sent to the same prison,at least when you all visit one of them it will save you gas and can see both at the same time! cry me a river you all try to act like victims when in fact you are not, apparently you do not know what a victim goes through.
  • by Nate Location: Mount Sterling Unfotunately on Jul 20, 2008 at 04:29 AM
    Thiers a difference between mentally ill, and being a dope smoking alcoholic. Unfortunately the people in Montgomery County couldn't define that line. It's a shame because 12 people in this county had a chance to stand up for not only the law enforcement community but for every citizen across the commonwealth to inform those that choose this lifestyle; that this behaviour would not be condoned and if it is than you will pay the ultimate price. If you wanna play big than you pay big. It's that simple. I moved here a few years back and now I've seen firsthand that a lot of what you hear about Kentucky aren't just rumors. this place is a joke, and I feel embarrased that this decision came from a place that I was starting to finally call home, and to know that I have children to raise in this state scares me to death.
  • by reader Location: eastern ky on Jul 19, 2008 at 08:29 PM
    To KC in Lex, have you checked Kentucky's death row there like 32 individuals on there and most of them are white men. There is a link on this page if you would like to look at it.
  • by Irritated Location: Winchester on Jul 19, 2008 at 04:43 PM
    As for Darla in Winchester. The young man who was killed in 1991 in fact had followed the man who killed him around all day with threats, when finally the man retreated to his home to avoid a confrontation the young man showed up on his doorstep with two large knives and proceeded to come at him. If you are in your home and someone came at you in your own front door on your own property. What would you do? Stand there with a smile on ur face....i dont think so.
  • by Anonymous Location: KY on Jul 19, 2008 at 04:08 PM
    May the ghost of Randy haunt the jury until they join him
  • by Sasha Location: Danville on Jul 18, 2008 at 09:12 PM
    Wow, free place to stay, 3 meals a day, weight room access, recreation time, and visits from family members. Sounds like a punishment to me. This is why people commit crimes, they have more perks than they would if they weren't in prison. All funded by the lovely taxpayers of Kentucky! Not to mention, lethal injection is only about $1,000 per dirtball. Where as, keeping them in prison for "life" costs taxpayers much, much more.


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