May pleads innocent to charges of DUI, speeding

By GAYLE COULTER State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Herman May pleaded innocent at his arraignment Monday in Franklin District Court on charges of driving under the influence and speeding.

Now 32, May served 13 years and five months of a 20-year sentence on the rape and sodomy conviction which was dismissed following a plea agreement with the Commonwealth's Attorney last week.

Judge Guy Hart chastised May, who appeared on video from the Franklin County Regional Jail, and denied a request to reduce his current $2,000 cash bond for his current charges.

"I think a $2,000 cash bond is reasonable considering Mr. May has four other misdemeanors pending in this court," Hart said. "If you make bond, and if you are re-arrested for anything, the Commonwealth will file a motion to revoke all bonds posted, do you understand that, Mr. May?"

May was represented by attorney Wendy Anderson, daughter of Jerry Anderson, who handled May's plea agreement pro bono last week with Commonwealth's Attorney Larry Cleveland.

The DUI charge is May's fifth arrest since his release from prison on rape and sodomy charges from which the plea agreement clears him. Hart set a pretrial hearing on the DUI charge for 11 a.m. Thursday and a trial time of 1 p.m. Thursday.

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