Robbins Murder Trial in Harlan

The jury reached a verdict of not guilty on an attempted murder charge and one count of second-degree assault for a Harlan County man on Friday. Cletus Robbins Jr. was found guilty of kidnapping, first-degree robbery, two counts of second-degree assault, two counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment and two counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process. Robbins was arrested in May of 2014, and according to a citation, was detained by the Kentucky State Police for restraining Benji Stout and shooting him in the chest. Robbins and other co-defendants then robbed Stout of $2,400 cash and threatened to kill Stout’s girlfriend’s family if anyone went to the police. Robbins had reportedly purchased $600 worth of Xanax that turned out to be fake, which led to the altercation between he and Stout.
After a verdict of non-guilty on murder charges, the jury returned a penalty of 25 years in prison for all other guilty counts

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