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Judge Grants Shock Probation To 4 In Drug-Related Kidnapping, Beating Case

Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-19 12:28:19-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Fayette County judge has granted shock probation to four men convicted in a bizarre 2017 kidnapping, robbery and assault case.

John Cooper, Zachary Costin, Andrew Ward and Ethan Hatfield were convicted earlier this year in a scheme involving a plan to bring large amounts of marijuana in from Colorado and sell it in Lexington, primarily targeting university students.

The men were accused of holding a man who allegedly was a drug courier against his will inside a $2.5 million home and robbing and beating him.

Fayette County Circuit Court officials say Judge Thomas Travis granted shock probation to all four men over the past several weeks.