Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 23, 2013

Morgan man pleads guilty to assault

Staff report
The Independent

FRANKFORT — A Morgan County man entered a guilty plea in Morgan Circuit Court on Wednesday to second-degree assault charges in connection with the injuries he inflicted upon his wife in April 2011 at their home in Ezel, according to the office of Attorney General Jack Conway and his office of special prosecutions.

The charges against John Roberts, 32, are the result of an investigation by Kentucky State Police.  

Conway’s Office of Special Prosecution prosecuted the case at the request of former Morgan Commonwealth’s Attorney Gary Conn.

Neighbors found Roberts’ badly beaten wife lying in the yard outside their home on April 16, 2011, and called 911. In addition to the injuries received in the beating, Roberts’ wife had suffered extreme hypothermia and was transported to a trauma center in Huntington for treatment.

“I am pleased to see this case come to a successful close,” Conway said. “From prosecuting abuse and neglect cases to providing a shoulder to lean on through an often complicated legal process, my office works every day to provide hope and healing to victims of violent crime in Kentucky.”

Second-degree assault carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison. Roberts will be sentenced on June 24. He is lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.