CATLETTSBURG An Olive Hill man was sentenced to 12 years in prison recently after being convicted of charges stemming from the shooting of his ex-wife's boyfriend in the abdomen.
Claude F. Quesenberry, 65, was sentenced to 12 years incarcerated for criminal attempt to commit murder, a class B felony, according to court records.
The incident originally occurred on November 26, 2018 at a residence on Bolts Fork in Rush, when Quesenberry caused major injury to Joel L. McNeal, according to court records.
Quesenberry had arrived at his ex-wife's residence and attempted to force entry to the force door by kicking it in, according to police reports. Quesenberry was unable to force entry in the front so he proceeded to the rear of the home when he saw McNeal in the kitchen window. Quesenberry then fired one shot from his firearm. The shot went through the kitchen window and into the lower abdomen of McNeal, according to police reports.
Quesenberry then fled the residence.
An investigation revealed McNeal was the boyfriend of Quesenberry's ex-wife, and this was the reason of his attack.
Quesenberry’s ex-wife saidQuesenberry had made threats to kill her and whoever she was with. She said he had also been using racial slurs towards her new boyfriend, according to police reports.
Prior to the incident the ex-wife had changed her locks and had filed a protection order summons due to the threats.
Quesenberry's vehicle was found abandoned at a family member's home in Louisa and Quesenberry later called requesting to turn himself in. Kentucky State Police responded to his location and took him into custody without incident.
Quesenberry is currently lodged at the Boyd County Detention Center.
Quesenberry was also ordered to pay court fees of $168.50 by August 28, 2020.