BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two Boyle County inmates are getting praise after turning in a loaded pistol they found during a road cleanup detail.
As lower-risk state inmates, Justin Sizemore and Steven Flatt both work on road cleanup projects for the county. Sizemore is serving a sentence for robbery and theft of a firearm. Flatt is in for complicity to burglary.
They spend about six hours a day picking up trash on the side of the road, but they never expected to find what they found last Friday.
“It was a .22 revolver. It was loaded, and we called Marty the duty supervisor. He came over, we told him we found a loaded gun,’ said Sizemore.
Sizemore and Flatt said that they were shocked to see the gun sitting in the grass.
“I figured someone had thrown it out or kids had thrown it out. I really didn’t know,” said Flatt.
Jailer Brian Woodford of the Boyle County Jail said that the situation could have gone wrong in so many different ways, but he’s glad it didn’t.
“I’m very proud of these guys and the positive choice they made. I think it’s a step in the right direction for their future,” said Woodford.
Sizemore and Flatt said they are grateful for the opportunity to get out of the jail every day and they say they didn’t even question their decision to quickly report the pistol.
“Anything could have gone wrong, and it looks bad on me too if something went wrong. I’m a convicted robber plus I had a gun charge before. We just wanted to do the right thing and turn it in, so nobody got hurt or in trouble,” said Sizemore.
Woodford said they will be rewarded for their good decision making.