STANFORD, Ky. (WKYT) - Jackie Murphy said he’s had health problems since his service in Vietnam in the late 1960’s.
“Well, they said I had seizures, flashbacks, anxiety, and stomach problems,” Murphy told Judge David Tapp in the Lincoln Circuit Courtroom Wednesday morning.
Police said he shoplifted from the Stanford Wal-mart on August 20th, 2012 and was confronted by an officer in the parking lot.
“I’ve been told I drew a firearm on somebody in Wal-Mart. That’s what I’ve been told,” Murphy told the judge when asked to explain his actions that day.
“We have witnesses who said it was fired. The officer felt he was fired at, there were no shells recovered at the site,” said Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Carol Hill.
Murphy pleaded guilty but mentally ill to wanton endangerment, down from the original charge of attempted murder of a police officer.
“He did not fire the weapon. We have acoustical evidence of that,” said Murphy’s attorney, David Marshall.
Murphy will not be sentenced until February 14th. Until then he’s under home incarceration. When he is sentenced he’s not expected to receive any additional time in a traditional jail or prison.
Murphy’s plea deal includes a 10 year sentence probated for 5 years.
“He would serve 100 days, an additional 265 days of home incarceration,” said Hill.
Because of his health, the deal spells out a possible jail term that would actually be served in the VA hospital in Lexington.