UPDATE POSTED 7:45 A.M., SEPT. 28, 2021
KENTON COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A choose rejects a Kenton County man’s request for leniency and sentences him to life in jail for rape and sexual assault of two youngsters.
Joshua Turner appeared once more earlier than Kenton Circuit Choose Kathleen Lape for formal, remaining sentencing, after being convicted in July of eight Class A felonies together with rape and sodomy of two youngsters underneath 12 years outdated.
Turner, by way of his legal professional, requested the choose to cut back the jury’s really useful sentence to 40 years in jail. Commonwealth’s Legal professional Rob Sanders requested the Court docket to respect the needs of the jurors who really useful eight life sentences.
Choose Lape ordered Turner to jail for all times, noting he has destroyed the innocence of two babies and broken the lives of many extra individuals who needed to take care of the fallout from his crimes. Turner sat silent and immobile because the choose pronounced his sentence, prosecutors stated.
Sanders applauded the choose’s sentence saying, “It was the suitable factor to do. Joshua Turner gave these youngsters a life sentence and now he will get one too!”
Sanders stated this case is “proof the justice system works. The police, prosecutors, the jury, and the choose… everybody did their jobs and our group is safer due to it.”
Sanders stated Turner’s victims are actually in counseling and his workplace would work to verify they’ve entry to each obtainable useful resource to assist them deal with their trauma.
ORIGINAL STORY FOLLOWING JULY CONVICTION
On July 28, 2021, a Kenton County jury deliberated for under about half an hour earlier than discovering Joshua Robert Turner responsible of 8 felony offenses together with Rape and Sodomy of two youngsters underneath 12 years outdated. The identical jury then deliberated for nearly three hours earlier than recommending Turner serve 8 consecutive Life sentences. Turner hung his head and hurried out of the courtroom after listening to the decision.
Turner’s case was referred to as for trial earlier than Kenton Circuit Choose Kathleen Lape on Tuesday, July 27, 2021. The case was prosecuted by Commonwealth’s Legal professional Rob Sanders and Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorneys Maria Schletker and Emily Arnzen. The prosecutors referred to as 5 witnesses and introduced dozens of items of proof over the course of the 2 day trial.
Turner’s former girlfriend testified she went into Turner’s cellphone whereas he slept as a result of she suspected him of mendacity to her. She stated she was shocked to search out a number of movies of Turner molesting two youngsters underneath the age of 12. The lady hid the cellphone from Turner and turned it over to Park Hills Police the subsequent day. The lady informed jurors Turner was presupposed to be watching the youngsters whereas their moms labored.
Park Hills Lt. Richard Webster testified he recovered the clothes worn by the ladies and the clothes Turner wore within the movies. Webster recognized the condo the place the crimes occurred by the furnishings and curtains seen within the background of the movies. Webster obtained a warrant for Turner’s arrest. As soon as Turner was taken into custody, Webster photographed his hand and arm tattoos which matched these seen on the person abusing the youngsters within the movies discovered on Turner’s cellphone. Lakeside Park Police Detective James Jackson testified he was referred to as in to obtain Turner’s cell telephones and recovered the movies and lots of of images. Commonwealth’s Detective Nick Klaiss testified about his evaluation of the cellphone downloads which included the date every video was made. Klaiss informed jurors the pictures of the abuse discovered on Turner’s cellphone numbered within the lots of. The jury then watched the movies of the crimes going down.
Commonwealth’s Legal professional Rob Sanders applauded the work and sacrifice of the jurors, saying “It’s one factor to listen to testimony a few baby being sexually assaulted, however having to look at it with your individual eyes is a horrifying expertise!” Sanders stated, “We all know jurors sacrificed a chunk of themselves by sitting by way of this case however their sacrifice offered justice for these youngsters and we admire their service.”
Sanders stated the one plea provide prolonged to Turner was additionally a Life sentence and he hopes this case sends a message to different baby molesters. “Kenton County jurors aren’t going to tolerate this abhorrent habits and neither are we,” stated Sanders. “In the event you victimize youngsters on this county we’ll bury you underneath the jail!”