Teens Sentenced For Severely Beating Maintenance Man

Three Lexington teens who plead guilty to severely beating a Holiday Inn maintenance man, learned Friday how long they'll spend in prison for the crime.

The gruesome incident happened at the motel where James Junior Barnes had worked for 40 years.

The teenagers were tearing down Christmas decorations. But police say when Barnes tried to stop them, that's when they pounced on him, beating him nearly to death.

In court, Barnes told Circuit Judge Kim Bunnell his injuries changed his life forever and that he no longer can do much of anything.

After each defendant expressed remorse the judge handed down the sentences.

Johnny Georgetown received 15 years, Ronnell Suter 16 years and 17 years for James Reynolds.

Barnes said he can forgive but he can never forget what happened to him.

Some of the relatives of the defendants claimed the sentences were racially motivated. The three were led out of court and back to jail.

Each of the prisoners will be back in court a few days after they reach the age of eighteen.


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  • by Jeff Poe Location: clay city on Apr 30, 2007 at 05:14 PM
    The punishment wasn't racially motivated , it was criminally motiveted. They had better be glad I wasn't the judge or they would be in prison a whole lot longer.
  • by krin Location: Kentuckyk on Apr 30, 2007 at 04:43 PM
    I agree with the person who said how long are we going to stand down and let them cry raciest. The white people are a race as well and we have rights!!!!!!
  • by JC Location: Madison Co. on Apr 30, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    I agree with Sam from Berea. If it had been white teens and a black man getting beaten, the consequences would have been much more severe. We must always be careful not to offend the african race, but the caucasian race takes more abuse than any other.
  • by Darlene Location: KY on Apr 30, 2007 at 08:55 AM
    I know as hard as it is on the relatives on the boys that did this, and yes I say BOYS, it is the truth of they did the crime and mst be punished. Where were the parents when the beating was happening? If kids are turned loose to do as they please this is the result. As far as is this enough punishment? No, I don't think so, Look at what the man has had to endure. Surgeries, giving up things he once did and all the pain. I believe if they were to lay these boys down and do them like they did this man, these boys would have gotten a lot "stiffer" sentence. Don't do the crime if you don't want the time. Shame they won't have to serve it all.
  • by Jim Location: Ardmore on Apr 30, 2007 at 07:07 AM
    Sam of Berea: I agree!!
  • by KEITH Location: KY on Apr 30, 2007 at 06:36 AM
    WHERE IS JESSE AND AL NOW THESE KIDS RELATIVES WONDER HOW THEY WOULD FEEL IF IT WHERE THEIR FAMILY THEY GOT OFF LITE IF U ASK ME.
  • by sam Location: berea on Apr 30, 2007 at 05:32 AM
    if it had been 3 white teens beating a black man, they would have been charged for a hate crime and probably would have been put to death. i see no difference. i was a racially motivated beating and they got what they deserve. for once the punishment fit the crime.
  • by CHARLIE Location: CLARK CO on Apr 29, 2007 at 09:51 AM
    IF NOTHING CONCRETE IS AVAILABLE THEN RACISM IS THE BBLACKS COMMENTS. WHO RAISED THESE HOODS THE MAN IN THE MOON?
  • by Amanda Location: Corbin on Apr 29, 2007 at 08:03 AM
    these men got nothing less than what they deserve. this was a heinous and evil crime. the world's a safer place without these men on the streets. it's individuals that are responsible for truly senseless and random acts of violence that are the most dangerous imo.
  • by douglas Location: hyden on Apr 29, 2007 at 05:50 AM
    Life! These low sentences equate to only 1/3 of the total sentences. Looks like race did play a part in this sentence. Mr. Barnes will suffer for the rest of his life. Someone in the legal field hould start civil actions immediately on his behalf.
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