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Cold Spring Man Sentenced After Using Rifle to Steal Semi

A Cold Spring man was sentenced to ten years in federal prison after admitting to a carjacking of a semi-truck in Henry County and pointing a rifle at the driver.

Christopher D. Pinguely, 35, confessed to the crime that took place in September of last year.

Later, he was located by Gallatin County Sheriff's deputies and Kentucky State Police troopers in possession of an MP-15 rifle.

Pinguely must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence and will be on supervised probation upon release for five years.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reinvigorated PSN in 2017, as part of the Department’s renewed focus on targeting violent criminals, directing all U.S. Attorney’s Offices to work in partnership with federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and the local community to develop effective, local strategies to reduce violent crime, a news release said.

-Staff report