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:
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RCN: Harley Henson is looking at seven and a half years after pleading guilty to second degree robbery. What did he do?
SANDERS: Covington Police responded to the S&M Food Market on Latonia Avenue for a hold-up alarm. The store clerk told officers a white man wearing a green hoodie and black stocking cap tried to rob the store at gun point. The clerk said the man entered the store with his hood up and when the clerk asked the man how he was doing, the man pulled out a gun and demanded money. The clerk bent over as if he was retrieving something from under the register but instead the clerk activated the audible alarm. The robber then fled the store hastily without taking anything.
The clerk then did something incredibly daring, but probably not very smart: he chased the robber who ran to a waiting car a short distance away. The clerk said before the robber got in the car, he yanked a shirt off the license plate. It had apparently been placed there in an attempt to obscure the tag's visibility during the robbery but its removal allowed the clerk to get the plate number. Covington Police Officer Robert Christen located the same car with the same tag, not too far away, in the Latonia Terrace Housing Project. Officers went door to door looking for the owner of the vehicle but found no one willing to claim the car, nor matching the description of the robber, so officers towed it to the police department to be processed for fingerprints.
Shortly after the car was impounded, Harley Henson called police dispatch asking about his car. Dispatchers told him an officer would respond to meet him. Officer Christen found Henson at 33rd & Emerson. Henson had changed clothes but was still wearing the same black stocking cap and fit the general physical description. Henson was transported to police headquarters where he was interviewed by Detective Brian Fuller. After a good deal of questioning, Henson admitted to robbing the store but with a toy gun.
Henson was originally indicted for 1st Degree Robbery, but facing trouble proving the gun used to commit the crime was real (as opposed to a toy), 1st Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney James Redwine allowed Henson to plead guilty to 2nd Degree Robbery. Redwine is recommending a 7 1/2 year prison sentence when Henson appears before the court again on July 9th for final sentencing.
RCN: Scott Wilson and Jessica Wilson face six years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to multiple charges including first degree trafficking in LSD (his other charges include two counts of second degree trafficking in a controlled substance while in possession of a firearm, and trafficking in marijuana while in possession of a firearm). How common are LSD cases and what's the rest of the Wilsons' story?
SANDERS: An investigation by the NKY Drug Strike Force led to the issuance of a search warrant for a residence owned by Ms. Wilson's parents. The defendants, who are husband and wife, were living in her parents basement. The search warrant was executed at the house on Stafford Heights Road in Independence. Agents located so many narcotics that the Kentucky State Police Lab report documenting the testing of the evidence is four pages long. Among other substances, agents found several sheets of LSD, each of which contained multiple "hits" of LSD, 2,463g of edible THC which is the intoxicating drug found in marijuana, ecstasy powder, 300 ecstacy pills, 3lbs of marijuana, $6,405 in case, and several firearms.
Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Casey Burns is recommending a 6 year prison sentence for each defendant and forfeiture of the narcotics, cash, and firearms at final sentencing on July 9th before Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe.
LSD cases are relatively few and far between. Covington Police just made another arrest for LSD trafficking a couple weeks ago though so they're probably not as rare as one might imagine. LSD is a very scary drug though because (a) you never know what's in it and (b) you never know what an individual's reaction to it will be. One person might get high, while another person who takes a hit of the same LSD might go bezerk and do something harmful to themselves or others. The Covington Police case I mentioned is a perfect example. It only came to light because a young woman was hanging out the window of a parked car behind The Madison Theatre screaming like she was being attacked. When a bike patrol officer went to investigate the disturbance, he quickly realized the young woman was hallucinating. Other people believed to have consumed the same LSD, however, managed to blend into the concert crowd and weren't being nearly as obvious.
RCN: Suzette Hunt could go away for four years after pleading guilty to tampering with physical evidence. What did she do?
SANDERS: Hunt drove Matthew Puccio from Butler County, Ohio to Kentucky so he could dispose of Jessica Sacco's legs, arms, and fingers by throwing them over the guardrail along Hands Pike in South Covington. Hunt was the mother of Puccio's juvenile girlfriend who was also along for the ride when the body parts were discarded.
The case dates back to March 22, 2012 when Puccio and Sacco, who were in an on and off romantic relationship, got into an argument. Puccio stabbed Sacco but the injury wasn't fatal. After a few hours passed and Sacco didn't die, Puccio suffocated her with a plastic Wal-Mart bag. Puccio took a couple days to dismember Sacco's body. He then transported parts of it from Sacco's apartment in Champagne County to Hunt's residence in Butler County but left the torso behind. Hunt said she knew of a place in Kentucky where they could dump the body parts and proceeded to drive Puccio to Hands Pike. Puccio tossed the body parts out of Hunt's moving vehicle, over the guardrail, and into a ravine as they drove up the hill. Sacco's landlords discovered her torso a few days later and called police.
Puccio was convicted in Champagne County, Ohio of Murder, Gross Abuse of a Corpse, and Tampering With Evidence. He is serving a life sentence with no parole for 42 years. Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Redwine is recommending a 4 year sentence for Hunt but there is no plea agreement so Hunt will be free to argue for a lesser or probated sentence. To this day I have no clue why Hunt chose Hands Pike as their dumping grounds. I can only assume she was familiar with the area.
See the full list and mugshots of those who were convicted of felonies in Kenton County Circuit Court in addition to a full explanation of the Cline case at the link: This Week in Kenton Co. Circuit Court