Baby abuser sentenced

By Kevin Wheatley Published:

A 22-year-old Frankfort man has been sentenced to eight years for breaking his infant son’s leg and severely bruising him.

Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate questioned how John Travillian would function in society based on photographs of the injured child and other facts of the case.

“I have no sympathy for you,” Wingate told Travillian during sentencing. “I question your usefulness in society after looking at pictures of your child.

“I hope you serve all eight years.”

Court documents and earlier State Journal reports say Travillian, of 903 Crosshill Drive Apt. 13, broke his son’s tibia and abused him to the point of being “one big bruise” between Oct. 1, 2008 and Dec. 8, 2008.

Discovery in the case is sealed based on the injuries and age of the victim, so more details of the crime were not available.

Travillian and his public defender, Kristin Gonzalez, argued for probation based on his already having served 12 months in Franklin County Regional Jail, completion of a GED program, employment chances and housing arrangements.

Travillian says he hopes to reunite with his infant son, who is healthy and in state custody.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Todd said reuniting Travillian with his son wasn’t her goal when negotiating a plea deal with him.

Travillian’s estranged wife and co-defendant – Ashley Travillian, 21, of Danville – pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree wanton endangerment March 20.

Sentencing in her case is pending.

In other court action Friday:

>A man convicted of manslaughter 25 years ago entered an Alford Plea to drug charges.

Harlos Hall, 66, of 1203 Indian Gap Road, entered the plea – which means there’s enough evidence to convict him but isn’t necessarily an admission of guilt – to charges of possession of methadone, Percocet and Endocet pills and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

His persistent felony offender charge was dropped in the commonwealth’s plea agreement.

According to court documents, state police conducted four undercover drug buys from Hall between Sept. 17, 2007 and Nov. 28, 2007. During the investigation, a confidential witness bought an undisclosed amount of methadone and OxyContin.

Police searched his home Nov. 29, 2007 and found around 150 methadone pills, 72 Percocet pills, an M77 rifle 25-06 with an attached Nikon scope and 10 empty prescription bottles, reports say.

A Floyd County court convicted Hall of first-degree manslaughter – amended from murder -– in 1984, according to his criminal history.

Hall could face 10 years and will be sentenced Feb. 19.

>A suspended attorney pleaded not guilty to charges of failing to pay income taxes for seven years.

Margaret Jackson-Rigg, 50, of Flemingsburg failed to report her income on tax returns between 2002 and 2008 – totaling approximately $750,000, Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland said after the grand jury indicted her.

Cleveland wasn’t sure how the Revenue Cabinet became aware of the matter, but he said she hadn’t paid her Kentucky Bar Association dues – leading to her suspension from practicing law.

Public defender Clay Wilkey represented Jackson-Rigg during her arraignment Friday.

She faces one count of willfully filing or making false tax returns or failure to pay taxes for each year she failed to pay income taxes, bringing her total number of charges to seven. 

>A man accused of trying to steal merchandise from Walmart and fighting with loss prevention employees pleaded not guilty to robbery charges.

Police report Danny Reyes, 26, of 419 Owenton Ave., walked out of Walmart without paying for a pair of prescription glasses, shampoo and hair conditioner – totaling more than $50 – Dec. 1.

Loss prevention employees stopped Reyes and he physically fought them until police arrived, reports say.

He’s charged with second-degree robbery.



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