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Man in Taylor Mill Arson Case Rejects Plea Deal, Will Go to Trial

The man accused of torching a Taylor Mill apartment building declined a plea deal on Monday and instead opted to take his chances at trial.

Ken Brummer, 41, has been in the Kenton County Detention Center since April 9. That's when he was arrested and charged with first degree arson and first degree wanton endangerment after a building on Sharon Drive was allegedly set ablaze, forcing the evacuation of nearly three dozen people.

Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders, who will be prosecuting the case, offered Brummer twenty years in exchange for a guilty plea.

Brummer appeared on video in Kenton County Circuit Court on Monday and his attorney, Margo Grubbs, said that he did not find the offer to be acceptable.

If convicted at trial, which is set to begin on February 3, Brummer faces twenty to fifty years or life in prison.

Judge Gregory Bartlett declined to lower Brummer's $50,000 cash bond.

-Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photo: Ken Brummer via Kenton Co. Detention Center