Jailer, Deputy Indicted By Grand Jury

Months after 28-year-old Daniel Trimble took his own life in jail, two Central Kentucky officials are facing charges in connection with the inmate's death.

On Tuesday, a special Bourbon County Grand Jury indicted Jailer Tony Horn and his Chief Deputy, Sandy Dotson, on charges they acted improperly after Daniel Trimble committed suicide.

Tony Horn is charged with two felony counts of tampering with public records and two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct.

Chief deputy Sandy Dotson faces two counts of tampering with physical evidence and one count of official misconduct.

State police have been investigating the death Daniel Trimble, who was found dead in his cell Feb. 15th. An autopsy concluded that Trimble died of asphyxiation due to hanging.

These charges stem from allegations the two provided false information to investigators following Trimble's death. The indictment says Horn ordered the destruction of e-mails after Trimble's death with 'the intent to impair the emails' availability for use in official proceedings.

"I just feel like, if they did their job right, Daniel would still be alive and with us right now," said Samantha True, Daniel's sister.

She claims the jail tried to hide the fact they didn't put her brother on suicide watch, even though she says, time and again, he threatened to kill himself.

"If they truly did what we believe they did and lied to investigators, they need to go to jail for a long time," said Charlene Morris, Daniel's mother.

"It's put the county in difficult spot, but these two deserve their day in court, before any judgments should be made and that is all I can say at this time," Donnie Folley, Bourbon County Judge-Executive told 27Newsfirst.

Horn and Dotson could not be reached for comment. Both will appear in court on Oct. 14th. If convicted they could face up to five-years in prison.

As to their future employment with the county, no decision has been made.

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  • by Melvin Location: Cynthiana on Sep 13, 2008 at 06:01 PM
    How many more lives have to be ruined before voters of Paris and Bourbon County vote their corrupt government out of office? Start with City Commission and end with County Judge and clean them all out. CORRUPTION! CORRUPTION!
  • by paul Location: paris on Sep 11, 2008 at 03:52 PM
    this is pathetic! Politics in Paris is so corrupt. It is all about who you know. One city commissioner thinks he runs the entire city. Maybe Paris needs a complete change starting at the top. I agree this is just people trying to ruin other's lives.
  • by gin Location: paris on Sep 11, 2008 at 06:11 AM
  • by Clara Location: Lexington on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    Did Whitley Co. ever find out who their John Doe was? I did not see an update on the story. Thanks.
  • by Clara Location: Lexington on Sep 10, 2008 at 05:42 PM
    Did Whitley Co. ever find out who their John Doe was?? I did not see a follow up on it. Thanks.
  • by Billy Location: Paris on Sep 10, 2008 at 01:52 PM
    Why would anybody be surprised or upset by this.After all it's bourbon county.It's crooked and dishonest from the top to the bottom,I've lived here 54 years.It's all about money.
  • by kim on Sep 10, 2008 at 11:48 AM
    Send them to jail for a while in a different county and let's see how they like it/
  • by ME Location: CENTRAL KY on Sep 10, 2008 at 07:55 AM
    LET them commit suicide it saves real human beings tax money... I do not feel sorry for these criminals , give them nooses and sleeping pills if they want..
  • by Na on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:42 AM
    I used to work with the system so I heard first hand from the jailer, sheriff and state police officers about what they do to people in jail or on their way to jail, for favors. Made me sick. especially the women. I think you know what I am talking about. And all the bruises where inmates "fall" and the confiscated drugs, are they really destroyed? I KNOW they're not. Most of these are the ones that need to be in jail. Makes it very hard to have respect for the law. esp when you hear them laugh and brag about what they do to people. Every time I hear about someone found dead in their cell I wonder what they were going to tell. Guilty until proven innocent.
  • by Me Location: Lexington on Sep 10, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    Bobby, how does someone go about "getting them help" when they are incarcerated? He was at their mercy and cannot exactly get their own medical attention. That is the jail's responsibility. The worst part about it is... Instead of just reporting the hanging, the jail tried to cover their tracks and avoid a lawsuit by "doing their part." Way to go with the indictment!
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