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Admitted killer ordered back to jail after probation violation

A man who pleaded guilty to killing his friend is headed back to jail. A judge Thursday sentenced Jamar Mays to 90 days for violating probation.

Mays admitted shooting 17-year-old Ali Shalash at a Lexington home in 2009 when Mays was just 16 years old. He spent two years in a juvenile facility for manslaughter. Mays was released on probation back in November when he was re-sentenced as an adult.

Last week, a judge learned that Mays didn't report to his probation officer as ordered and didn't pay court fines.

During a hearing was held Thursday, Mays' attorney says the missed meeting was a mistake, and not an intentional disregard of court orders. But Mays' probation officer told the judge when asked why he missed the meeting, Mays replied , "I was busy." Both sides being heard, the judge put Mays back in jail.

"I'm sentencing you to 90 days for violating the terms of this probation, for not showing up exactly when you were supposed to. You can do a thousand things right, but if you mess up, then that's it," said Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone.

After serving the 90 days, Mays will directly go back on probation.


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