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Man who survived skydiving accident now facing charges

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

A man, who nearly died in a skydiving accident, is now behind bars.

Justin Hammons is now facing a long list of charges, including burglary and credit card fraud.

Back in 2010, Hammons nearly died after a hard landing during a skydiving attempt.

More than two-years later, Hammons is accused of stealing up to fourteen parachutes worth more than $20,000 from "Start Skydiving Ohio" in Middletown, where he was an instructor.

Lexington Police also say Hammons was making counterfeit credit cards. Police say they found a credit card embossing machine and a credit card encoding machine at a home on Rio Dosa drive that they believe Hammons was using to make those fraudulent cards. Police say when they located and arrested Hammons he had a counterfeit credit card in his possession.

On Monday afternoon an automatic not guilty plea was entered on Hammons behalf during his first court appearance. He remains in the Fayette County Jail. In addition to burglary and receiving stolen property, Hammons is also wanted as a fugitive out of Ohio.

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