A Lexington man accused of stabbing his wife multiple times outside of a Logan Street home last year has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Ronald Penny, 54, accepted a plea deal in Franklin Circuit Court Friday. He pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, which was amended down from a first-degree assault charge that stemmed from an incident last November, when police say he stabbed his wife multiple times in the abdomen, chest and arms after a domestic dispute.
Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd sentenced Penny Friday to 10 years in prison. Shepherd granted Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Dana Todd’s recommendation that Penny not be eligible for shock probation until at least November.
If granted shock probation, Todd recommended Penny be enrolled in an inpatient drug treatment program.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Larry Cleveland told The State Journal in November that police reported Penny confessed to the stabbing and said “(he) wanted her to die.”
His wife required more than 100 stitches at the hospital, Cleveland said.
In other court action Friday:
>Billy Giles, 33, who walked away from work release in November and was found hiding in his girlfriend’s home, was sentenced to two years in jail, to run consecutively with the three-year sentence he was serving before he escaped.
Giles walked away from the Department of Corrections on Lawrenceburg Road while on work release Nov. 4. He was serving a three-year sentence on two counts of fleeing/evading police.
Law enforcement officials found Giles in a “wall compartment” in his girlfriend’s house in Shelby County a few weeks after he escaped.
>David Wallace, 25, pleaded guilty to complicity to theft by unlawful taking over $500, after he and another man staged a robbery at Swifty Oil in February, when Wallace was working at the gas station as a clerk.
Wallace is due back in court Sept. 28 for sentencing. Wallace’s co-defendant, Stephen Smallwood, was sentenced Aug. 10 to five years in prison for theft, which was enhanced to eight on a persistent felon charge.
>Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate gave Wanda Hollon two years of probation after she pleaded guilty to several charges, including assaulting a police officer, that stemmed from a drunk driving incident in 2007.
>Aarron Lamb, accused of breaking into Rick’s White Light Diner a few weeks ago, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to third-degree burglary.
>Victor Smith, 33, pleaded guilty to theft, criminal possession of a forged instrument, misuse of electronic information and exploiting an adult out of more than $300. Smith was indicted in January after he allegedly stole a debit card from his uncle to get cash and buy drugs. Smith faces 20 years in prison.