King found guilty on harassment, official misconduct


Jurors found him not guilty on the other charges

By TJ Caudill - tcaudill@civitasmedia.com



HAZARD — A jury has found Perry County Clerk Haven King guilty of harassment and first-degree official misconduct in a trial that lasted three days.

After hearing closing arguments from the prosecution and the defense, the jury deliberated for more than four hours last Wednesday before returning their verdict.

King was found not guilty on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree wanton endangerment, reckless driving, menacing, second-degree stalking and second-degree unlawful imprisonment.

He was found guilty of harassment and first-degree official misconduct.

King is ordered to pay $750 in fines, $250 for harassment and $500 for first-degree official misconduct.

Jurors decided on a verdict of $500 in fines with no jail time for the first-degree misconduct charge, which could have resulted in 12 months in jail and/or a $500 fine.

King is scheduled for sentencing on May 19.

Commonwealth Attorney John Hansen told reporters that it was above his pay grade if King had to resign as Perry County Clerk.

It is currently unclear whether King will have to resign or not.

Neither King nor Kalie Bentley wanted to comment on the verdict.

TJ Caudill can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.

Jurors found him not guilty on the other charges

By TJ Caudill

tcaudill@civitasmedia.com

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