Prosecutor Talks Child Predator, Other Convictions
Each week The River City News talks with Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders about his weekly e-newsletter that highlights who was sent to prison or got probation in the previous week. At the bottom of this post you can find a link to that newsletter. Here are this week's questions and answers:
RCN: Emily Ball is scheduled for a re-sentencing soon for her role in the brutal murder of Travis White. Though she originally received a 15-year sentence for luring White to his beating death at the hands of two men, Kentucky law allows minors a second chance at sentencing when they turn 18. Do you anticipate that the judge will grant Ball probation, send her to a treatment facility, or send her to prison to finish the full 15 years? What do you think should happen?
SANDERS: I think she should go to prison for the balance of her sentence. I'm sure her attorneys will emphasize her horrible childhood but it's no excuse for what she did. Travis White died a gruesome death. Words don't adequately describe the pain and horror he endured. I certainly hope the judge sees the case the same way and sends her to prison. Ms. Ball's miserable upbringing was already factored into her plea agreement. Her actions have earned her an adult sentence and it should be imposed.
RCN: Tell us about Brian Warren who pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor. Three years, the recommended sentence, may seem like a short time to some for someone who tried to engage a minor in what, sexual acts? Will there be measures taken to ensure Warren receives treatment/counseling while in prison and sex offender status when he gets out?
SANDERS: Warren was convicted of asking what he thought was a underage girl to engage in sexual activity. The underage girl turned out to be Kenton County Police Officer Steve Benner. It may not seem like a long time but the crime only carries 1-5 years so if we're getting someone to plead guilty and take 3 of a possible 5 in prison, that's a good resolution for what we're given to work with. Warren probably won't get out early because he'll have to complete sex offender treatment before being parole eligible and that takes upwards of three years. He'll have to register as a sex offender as well.
RCN: Your office practices Pink Tie Monday during October. Tell us what that effort is about.
SANDERS: Former Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Brian Richmond and I are very close friends and I love his parents like they were my own. Brian's mom, Kathy, is a cancer survivor. I've got other friends and relatives that are survivors as well. Everyone in the office knows someone that's battled breast cancer. I wanted to do something to acknowledge Kathy and all the other survivors, as well as remind everyone that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Our customary office attire doesn't usually include many pastels so when the prosecutors all wear pink ties on the same day, folks around the courthouse take note. It's been a lot of fun and garnered a lot of positive feedback. I've had women stop me in the courthouse and say "thank you" then tell me about their own battle with the disease. It's really the least we can do to support such an important cause.
See the full list and mugshots of those who were convicted of felonies in Kenton County Circuit Court at the link: This Week in Kenton Co Circuit Court
PHOTO: Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders and others in his office wear pink ties on Mondays in October