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12 Years in Prison for Man Who Assaulted Jail Deputy

The man convicted of assaulting a deputy at the Kenton County Jail was sentenced to twelve years in prison on Wednesday. Julius Maurice "L'il Reese" Knox was convicted of third-degree assault and being first-degree persistent felony offender.

In July 2011, Knox, 28, got in a fight with another inmate at the Kenton County Detention Center, Austin Eash, 22. Surveillance video of the fight broadcast by media outlets show Knox and Eash brawling near a cell. Knox grabbed and squezed the genitals of a deputy that broke up the fight, sening the deputy to the emergency room. According to a report at that time, Knox was a friend of Donnell Brown who was murdered and dismembered in Covington's Eastside. Eash is one of three defendants in Brown's murder case and took a plea deal in September to testify against the other two.

Knox has a lengthy criminal record that includes a conviction for assaulting another jail deputy. Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Rob Sanders noted at his office's Facebook page that the twelve year sentence falls on a day full of twelves. Sanders wrote as a caption to Knox's mugshot shared on Facebook, "12 year sentence on 12/12/12! Congratulations Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Corey Plybon for winning his 1st felony jury trial as lead counsel, convicting Julius Knox of Assault 3rd & Persistent Felony Offender 1st!."

Knox still faces federal drug trafficking charges which are pending, Sanders wrote.

In April, Knox pleaded guilty to third-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance (cocaine).

PHOTO: Julius Maurice "L'il Reese" Knox