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He Tried to Steal a Car from a Covington Tourist, Was Stabbed, is Headed to Prison

A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty this week to charges related to an attempted car theft at the Radisson Hotel in Covington.
 
Baylis Trevor Kelly, 52, was accused of approaching a man in the parking lot of the hotel in March of last year. The man was in town from Indianapolis for his child's soccer tournament. Kelly asked the man for the time, and then punched him the face, trying to make off with the victim's Jeep Cherokee. 
 
The man fought back, pulled a utility knife from his pocket, and stabbed Kelly, who then fled.
 
Police were called and were notified of a man who had collapsed inside a nearby Speedway gas station. Kelly was located there, transported to a hospital in Cincinnati to recover, and then extradited back to Kentucky to face justice.
 
A trial was supposed to start this week, but Kelly opted to plead guilty to robbery and second degree persistent felony offender charges. The Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney's Office is recommended a 20-year prison sentence.
 
Kelly will appear before Kenton Circuit Judge Kathleen Lape on April 2.
 
Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said such a violent attack is unusual in areas frequented by tourists. "Cincinnati's thugs should take note their criminal behavior won't be tolerated on this side of the river," Sanders said. "Northern Kentucky makes up 20 percent of all tourism in Kentucky because we're a safe, fun place for families to visit, and we intend to keep it that way!"
 
-Staff report
Photo via Kenton County Detention Center