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April 21, 2108

UPDATE: CHAFIN DID NOT RELEASE INMATE...MESSAGE SAYS

Right on the heels of a pedestrian, Joseph Currie, 28 of Ft. Gay, WVA being struck and killed after his release from The Big Sandy Regional Detention Center in Paintsville, Ky. on January 23rd, 2018, another man has been killed in the same manner.

Jimmy Craft, 52, top of Salyersville was struck and killed by a vehicle not identified by police justless than an hour after being released from the BSRDC. Below, Joseph Curry, 28, of Ft. Gay was killed in much the same manner in January of this year.Jimmy Craft, 52, top of Salyersville was struck and killed by a vehicle not identified by police justless than an hour after being released from the BSRDC. Below, Joseph Curry, 28, of Ft. Gay was killed in much the same manner in January of this year.Jimmy Ray Craft, 53 was hit and killed by a vehicle on US 460 in Johnson County on Friday, April 20th, just a day shy of his 53rd birthday.

BSRDC administrator F.D. "Pete" Fitzpatrick reported the incident just after he received word of the accident.

He said his office had followed procedure and that the district judge John T. Chafin had ordered the release of the victim.

JUDGE CHAFIN SENT THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE TO THE LAZER THIS MORNING.

UPDATE: 

"...This email is being sent to demand that you retract and correct the false information disseminated in the Lazer. Mr. Craft was arrested in Magoffin County on April 19, 2018. He could only be released by Judge Prater or by Pre-Trial officer. I Was not even on call the night he was released.

I do not know where you obtained your false information especially in light of the fact the Jail send information that he was arrested in Magoffin county. However, I do expect an immediate retraction and correction.

Thank you.

Join T. Chafin

 

(The Lazer accepts this letter from Judge Chafin and apologizes for any misconception of the report. It was not intentional.)

 

Craft, who was from Salyersville was standing in the westbound lane when the as yet unidentified vehicle struck him, the police report said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Johnson County Coroner’s Office.

Craft had just been released from the BSRDC earlier that day five hours after his arrest on a “release on recognizance” bond.

He had been arrested for 3 Counts of Illegal Possession of a Legend Drug, Controlled Substance Prescription Not In Original Container and Public Intoxication, Excluding Alcohol.

Craft has been a regular at the BSRDC as there are 15 mugshots of him since 2015.

The accident remains under investigation and there are no charges expected for the driver of the vehicle who was not identified. 

Also, the identity of the person driving the vehicle that struck and killed Currie on Rt. 23 has not been released by Post #9 of the Ky. State Police after repeated inquiries.

 

Comments  

0 #9 Diane 2018-05-23 20:24
Quoting Marsha:
Sounds to me like they want this crap to happen to people and families.... Kentucky has and always will be a backwoods state.... If they had NOT RELEASED Mr. Currie and Mr.Craft at night I believe they would still be here loving life. So yes HOLD THE STATE OF KENTUCKY AND THE JAIL AND THE COUNTY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OF THESE MEN...... I know Mr. Currie and he was/is one hell of a person. R.I.P.



Thank you for your support. No family should have to go through what me and my family has been through. I will go to my grave fighting to get the law changed and to make the people responsible pay for what they have put my family through, especially my grandson who has to live without his dad all his life!
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+1 #8 Marsha 2018-05-03 22:19
Sounds to me like they want this crap to happen to people and families.... Kentucky has and always will be a backwoods state.... If they had NOT RELEASED Mr. Currie and Mr.Craft at night I believe they would still be here loving life. So yes HOLD THE STATE OF KENTUCKY AND THE JAIL AND THE COUNTY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LOSS OF THESE MEN...... I know Mr. Currie and he was/is one hell of a person. R.I.P.
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+1 #7 Diane 2018-04-24 18:47
Quoting Vestigator:
I wonder if Craft was also struck by a gold Ford. Apparently KSP has something to hide.



It really makes you Wonder. I'm fighting to get the law changed on how they release the inmates.
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+1 #6 Diane 2018-04-24 11:17
Please keep his family and mine in your prayers. Joseph was my son and I know what this family is going through. The police won't release the driver's name because they are scared that something will happen to them. It doesn't matter what they did, they didn't deserve to be killed. The jail shouldn't released them if they was under the influence of anything. I believe the jail should be held responsible for this, too. Every day me, my kids and Joseph's son has to go without seeing or talking to him ! It's so unfair and the jail needs to change the rules about how they just release people. They are humans, too.
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-2 #5 Vestigator 2018-04-24 05:01
I wonder if Craft was also struck by a gold Ford. Apparently KSP has something to hide.
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+3 #4 Tané Woods Mosley 2018-04-23 17:34
Quoting Franci:
Why does his reasons for arrest matter!! You people really have no self respect for posting it that way!!! What does it matter!!! Had he never been arrested before for anything to you would have made his life less valueable! Grrrrrrr


Facts are released. That is the way it works. His life was just as valuable as mine or yours, and if i were killed after being released Mark would write the same thing. News is news and media reports it. Where does lack of self respect come into reporting news?
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+5 #3 Question 2018-04-23 10:08
There is a big question as to why the BSRDC would release someone within 5 hours of an arrest for public intoxication (the story says excluding alcohol - so that means drugs).

The story does not tell the time of the incident. The BSRDC has a habit of releasing prisoners during hours of darkness, and when most of us are sleeping - knowing they have no mode of transportation. Prisoners should not be released during hours of darkness if they don't have transportation.

Certainly there could be some liability here for the jail (as there would be for a bar who sends a drunk home, knowing they are intoxicated).

Also, there is no reason why the names of the individuals who struck these folks is not released. This is public information which the Lazer should be able to request a FOIA request and obtain. Who is being protected? There is no transparency. What it seems on the surface is that some people are above the law, which is probably not the case at all; treating them like all other accidents would make that suspicion from the public fade - do the right thing!
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+4 #2 Franci 2018-04-23 00:52
Why does his reasons for arrest matter!! You people really have no self respect for posting it that way!!! What does it matter!!! Had he never been arrested before for anything to you would have made his life less valueable! Grrrrrrr
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-2 #1 Idea 2018-04-22 20:52
How about releasing one everyday and see what happens. They may be on to something.
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