Life Sentence For Man Found Guilty Of Murder

A trial filled with emotion from the beginning now has an end.

Jamie Barnett agreed to a life sentence for killing Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy.

Barnett can still appeal the guilty verdict and be eligible for parole in 20 years.

This came after the prosecution called three Lacy family members who had most of the courtroom in tears.

After a short break the jury was not asked to come back, instead Barnett approached the bench himself and told the judge of his decision.

His attorney says there is good reason for possible appeals.

Barnett will be back in a Powell County Courtroom August 6th, for formal sentencing.


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  • by Anonymous on Jul 18, 2008 at 01:07 PM
    He deserves the death penalty. On Drugs or not, that's what he should have gotten. I wish I would have been on the jury. Life with the possibility of parole in 20 years, that's a slap in the face of the family and the justice system.
  • by sherri Location: knott on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:49 AM
    I use to live in clay city a few years ago, and I have seen randy around alot he was mostly at the store down by snow creek. He was a great man and did noting worng, jamie should have to face a slow death but insted he gets off by spending time in prison, he was on drugs he knew what he was doing when he pulled that trigger. now the lacy family has to suffer from a loss while jamie loses nothing because he had nothing to lose in the frist place. what is this showing others that they can kill and get by with it, spend a few years behind bars, well they dont care because there are no bills to pay and they get to eat for free. people need to open their eyes and realize crimes like these are going to have to stop. lets all keep the lacy family in our prayers.
  • by Mary Location: KY on Jul 18, 2008 at 11:16 AM
    The problem is that a life sentence really isn't that...The way the system is set up it's highly possible that Barnett will be out in 20 years, or if he wins his appeal, be out much sooner. I think if he was allowed to make an agreement of a life sentence, then it needs to mean just that...so that he will literally spend the rest of his life behind bars. Something bad is wrong with the "justice system" that let's the perpetrators of such violent crimes come out almost looking like the victim. Barnett needs court-ordered substance abuse treatment, but in my opinion he also needs to truly spend life in prison without the possibility of parole. I don't think justice was served for the policeman in this case.
  • by Someone Location: Prestonsburg on Jul 18, 2008 at 08:50 AM
    Doesn't it just warm your heart how the justice system is going to let another get away with it. He got life, but is eligible for parole in 20 years and he can appeal the decision! What in the heck is wrong here.....Eye for an eye! You killed someone, and now you should have to stay in prison forever. I don't like anything about the prison systems now, they have no bills, 3 meals per day, internet access, weight room access, outside recreation time. No honey, it should be like it was at Shawshank Prison. If you are in prison, you should have no perks and no life... you committed a crime and your "rights" cease to exist anymore.....I hate that Randy's family had to be put through what they were put through the other day, My thoughts are with you!
  • by Anonymous Location: powell co on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:49 PM
    i live here and to read some of the comments makes me sick blaming randy instead of the dopehead jamie he didnt have to shoot randy and now he gets away sending messages to do drugs,commit crime and get out of it.jand a passerby had to help detain jamie if thats not escape and shooting someone in the process i dont know what it is called but its sad we lost a good man because of a bad jury and a drugged up jamie barnett a cop killer
  • by sharon Location: powell co. on Jul 17, 2008 at 04:18 PM
    its a shame people do drugs and can murder someone and be out in several years he killed a great man now we have no justice he should have got death penalty

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