Victim of abuse may get out early in brother's death

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Bridgette McClease, 27, was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for fatally stabbing her brother, Michael Anthony McClease, with a butcher knife.

However, she will be eligible for parole after serving just 20 percent of her sentence because Franklin Circuit Court Judge William Graham ruled earlier this month that McClease was a victim of ongoing domestic violence perpetrated by her brother.

Kentucky law under KRS 533.060 allows victims of domestic violence to seek parole for violent crimes directed toward the perpetrator after serving only 20 percent of their sentences instead of the usual 85 percent.

Franklin County Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland said that means McClease, of 130 Allnut Drive, will serve about three years at the Kentucky Correctional Institution for Women in Pewee Valley before she becomes eligible for parole, not counting time served and time she could accrue for good behavior while incarcerated.

If McClease had not been classified as a victim of domestic violence, Cleveland said, she would have had to serve 13 years and seven months of the 16-year sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

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