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Last updated: January 17. 2014 2:12PM - 1392 Views
Joe P. Asher Staff Writer



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A man who was shot and hospitalized in a standoff with police in October was arraigned in Harlan Circuit Court on Thursday.


Jason Edmond, 42, of Cumberland, was airlifted to the Holston Valley trauma center after being shot by police during a standoff on Oct. 7. Edmond was arrested by Kentucky State Police Trooper Kevin Miller following his release from Holston Valley.


Edmond appeared in front of Harlan Circuit Court Judge Henry Johnson with his attorney Laura Karem of the public defender’s office.


After the arraignment, Karem asked Johnson to review Edmond’s bond for a possible reduction.


“We’ll leave that where it is,” said Johnson, denying any change in bond.


According to a previous report, Post 10 troopers responded to the assistance of the Cumberland City Police Department on Old College Road to a shots fired complaint.


KSP Public Affairs Officer Shane Jacobs said upon arrival, Troopers found Edmond had barricaded himself inside of his residence after firing several shots into several neighboring homes.


“Mr. Edmond exited his home and came out into the front yard and began screaming and threatening officers,” Jacobs said in a press release soon after the incident. “Mr. Edmond raised his weapon in the Troopers’ direction when two Troopers shot him.”


Edmond is charged with attempted murder, six counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, one-count convicted felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree persistent felony offender.


Edmond’s next court date is a pre-trial hearing on March 7.


Later in the session, Johnson made some remarks concerning plea agreements.


Johnson said plea agreements are usually close to what the defendant would wind up getting if the case went to trial. Johnson used the example of a recent trial, saying the defendant turned down a deal for five years in prison. After being found guilty, the jury recommended five years.


“Everybody thinks it’s a slap on the wrist,” said Johnson. “It’s not.”


In other court activity:


* Roger Asher, 40, of Baxter, was sentenced to a total of three years in prison on charges of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance and two counts of second-degree trafficking a controlled substance. The sentence was probated with the first two years to be supervised;


* Steven Ray Edwards, 40, of Cumberland, was granted a pre-trial diversion on a charge of first-degree trafficking a controlled substance;


* Michael Cooper, 50, of Bledsoe, was granted deferred prosecution on a charge of second-degree trafficking.


Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-573-4510, ext. 113, jasher@civitasmedia.com


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