Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions Thursday announced the convictions of a Magoffin County woman and her grandson for their roles in creating a mistrial in the September sodomy trial of Chester Allen.
Gladys Allen, 64, mother of defendant Chester Allen, pled guilty in Magoffin Circuit Court to the charge of attempting to retaliate against a participant in the legal process. Chester Allen’s son, 18-year-old Jarred Allen, also entered a guilty plea in Magoffin Circuit Court to three counts of attempted jury tampering.
"My administration firmly believes in maintaining the integrity of our criminal justice process," said General Conway. "We take seriously all threats to our judicial officers and jurors. It is our job to make sure they are free from coercion and intimidation by those wishing to manipulate the outcome of a legal process."
Prosecutors are recommending that each defendant serve a 12-month sentence and that they remain incarcerated until the conclusion of Chester Allen's re-trial, which is scheduled to begin on November 30.
Subsequently, they will be released with the remaining balance of their sentences probated for two years, conditioned on no further violations of the law and not contacting the victims. Sentencing is set for December 3.
The investigation revealed and the defendants have admitted that during Chester Allen’s trial, Gladys Allen threatened physical harm to Magoffin County Commonwealth's Attorney Graham Martin, who was prosecuting the case.
The same day, Jarred Allen attempted to intimidate three different jurors in his father’s trial as they left the courthouse. The events led to the judge declaring a mistrial and setting the matter for re-trial.
The convictions stem from an investigation by the Kentucky State Police. The Office of the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution of the case at the written request of the Commonwealth's Attorney Graham Martin, County Attorney Greg Allen, and Circuit Court Judge Kim Childers.