Family, Deputy Scuffle After Sentencing For Jamie Barnett

On the day a convicted cop killer learned his fate, emotions ran high outside a Powell County courthouse.

Jamie Barnett appeared in court on Wednesday morning for formal sentencing. He was convicted of wanton murder in the shooting death of Clay City Police Chief Randy Lacy.

Barnett was sentenced to life in prison with parole after 20 years.

The sentencing went smoothly, but that wasn't the case outside the courthouse.

Members of the Barnett family were attempting to see Jamie Barnett off as he was placed in a cruiser to be taken back to jail. Somehow, words were exchanged between family members and the deputy escorting Jamie Barnett. No punches were thrown, but some present called it a scuffle.

Jamie Barnett's bother, Jerry, was arrested. He's been charged with terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct. The threatening charge is a felony and law enforcement officials say they plan to prosecute Barnett on that charge.


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  • by Shawn Adams Location: Ft Bliss TX on Sep 19, 2008 at 02:15 PM
    I have a place in clay city but im currently mobilized by the KY national guard to Texas. I had some one stay at my house to take care of everything while Im away . As my wife was on her way here to join me he had been in NC visiting familys .she stayed at our house a few days while there our caretaker had some friends over who had no money no car no job typical Powell Co couple and stuff was stolen from house and her car. You know I have been blessed w alot of oppertunity to seeand live in other parts of the country and never have I seen so much whitetrash as there is in that area. Here in Elpaso the population is like 2 million if you count the citys across the border and I feel safe when I go to work that when I come home everything will be there. When im in clay city I dont feel that I worked for PCEMS and I know what goes on . There are more drug problems there than in most big citys and you know if you would leagalize alcohol sales you could use the tax money to hire cops and p
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Aug 9, 2008 at 12:15 PM
    My 2 cents worth, If the family members were even trying to get close to the prisoner then the cop did nothing wrong. That isn't his visiting hours, that is his prison time and his job is to get that prisoner back to where he belongs! THey have said their goodbyes more then once and who the hell cares about his goodbye...he said Goodbye to everyone when he decided to kill Lacy. I don't feel sorry for them all at all. now the lacy family, I pray for their recovery and I hope that idiot drug using man messes up in his 20 years and losses any good time he can get.
  • by Keith on Aug 9, 2008 at 10:00 AM
    If my last name was Barnett and I lived in Powell County I'd do the rest of the Commonwealth a favor and drive a few miles down to the Natural Bridge and jump off. Inbreds.
  • by Jodi Location: Georgetown on Aug 8, 2008 at 06:37 PM
    A good man is dead, no longer able to live and serve as he was committed to. His bereaved family continues to suffer his loss. The low life redneck of a murderer is being taken to lockup for a while so his "kinfolk" go on an inbred rampage because the cops won't pause for a pity party (Did Lacy's family get to say goodbye?)and if the rest of us want to join the beat up pickup truck with confederate plates club over yonder in Powell Co its a good place for youngn's? So I'm all caught up now? I'm with Wanda. Thank GOD all of Kentucky is not like this.
  • by Wanda Location: Versailles on Aug 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM
    I cant believe people act like this.. we thought only animals act like this.... amazing how life is so different just an hour or so away from here!
  • by Kevin Location: Kentucky on Aug 8, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    Sounds like more of you high-falutin' city folk need a vacation or a valium. Powell Co is fine but several of you seem to have a superiority complex of some kind so maybe you should go to San Fran or somewhere to seek treatment. I guess where you live there are no low-lifes or anywone who would do anything wrong....geez.
  • by knowthedeputy Location: ky on Aug 8, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    knowthemboth,, if you know them so well then you know mathews is a smart alec and more than likely he initiated it
  • by Rick Location: Georgetown on Aug 8, 2008 at 08:17 AM
    Over it in Prestonsburg. I can't believe that you are comparing a speeding ticket to murder. This story proves to me that the entire family is trash, and want all members to have a police record.
  • by Over it Location: Prestonsburg on Aug 8, 2008 at 05:48 AM
    I can't stand to hear about this anymore, it's like a bad broken record. Randy Lacy is dead (Lord rest his soul), his family will be without him forever, Jamie Barnett has to live with the fact he killed a man, not that he cares at all, but either way. The prison system (well the justice system) is in bad need of an overhaul! No one gets what they truly deserve. If you'd stay out of trouble, trouble wouldn't come calling for you. I have been on this earth for almost 30 years and there a people much younger than me with a criminal record 15 pages long. Yeah I've broken the law, I got a ticket for speeding (yes a minor offense but none the less, against the law) I paid my ticket ( I DID NOT HAVE IT THROWN AWAY BECAUSE I KNEW I WAS GUILTY) and haven't gotten another one since. The law isn't just out for you! Everyone is born the same way, and decisions you make, are ultimately what make you.
  • by Teresa Location: Ky on Aug 7, 2008 at 04:26 PM
    More like a valium
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