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Man convicted of paralyzing a Lexington girl gets maximum sentence

Posted at 8:50 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 20:50:37-05

(LEX 18) — In September, the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled Carlos Jenkins should be re-sentenced in connection to a 2017 shooting that left a Lexington girl paralyzed.

The court affirmed some of Jenkins' convictions, but they reversed his persistent felony offender conviction.

Amya Catching was 11-years old when bullets were shot into a home where she was sleeping.

Today at his re-sentencing over zoom, Jenkins was given the maximum sentence of 65 years.

"I would point out that the jury recommended the absolute maximum, life plus 50 years. They recommended more than the law actually allows," Prosecutor Kathy Phillips for the Commonwealth said. "Nothing has changed. The jury heard all of the facts of the case. The jury heard about the prior record. After hearing all of that evidence, they recommended this incredibly stiff penalty, the highest under the law. The highest you can sentence him to now is 65 years. And the commonwealth absolutely thinks you should impose that sentence, your honor."

Judge Kim Bunnell agreed with the Commonwealth and gave him the maximum sentence of 65 years to be served consecutively.