Garrard man indicted on escape, assault charges

October 21, 2004

LANCASTER - A Garrard County grand jury recently indicted 10 people, including a Lancaster man who is accused of escaping custody, burglary, and third-degree assault of a deputy sheriff.

Benji Stout, 25, Lot 35, Zanes Trace, was originally arrested by Lexington police in July for selling fake currency.

He was later arrested, while out on bond from the July arrest, for 75 counts of counterfeiting after Secret Service agents were lead to Stout's home because he had given an informant three false bills in Garrard County.

Stout slipped out of a shackle while being transported to court by the Garrard County jailer on Aug. 27, and fled, leaving his shoes and prison jumpsuit behind, according to a court docket.

He was later captured after he had broken into a Lancaster residence.

Stout's record in Fayette County, including resisting arrest, receiving stolen property and criminal possession of a forged instrument, stretches from November 1996 through his July arrest. In May of this year, Stout was sent to a Fayette grand jury on seven counts of first-degree possession of a forged instrument.


Witness for the grand jury was Deputy Sheriff David Amon. Bail for Stout was set at $150,000. His arraignment is 9 a.m. Nov. 19.

Other indictments

Others indicted Oct. 15 are:

* Tracy L. Penman, 36, 202 Doty Lane, Apt. 7, Lancaster. He is charged with first-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, possession of a controlled substance (crack cocaine), and with being a persistent felon. He has been convicted of two prior felonies. Police Detective Russell Preston was a witness. Bail was set at $100,000. Penman was arraigned Oct. 15.

* Cory Mullins, 18, 1015 Airport Road, Danville, was charged with third-degree trafficking a controlled substance (Klonopin) within 1,000 yards of Lancaster Elementary School, with the intent to sell or transfer it. He also was charged with one count of possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia by possessing a pipe and rolling papers, and possession of a controlled substance not in the original container. Officer Allen Weston was a witness.

* Cecil Byrd, 24, 544 Goshen Cutoff, Lancaster, was indicted on two counts of first-degree drug trafficking with intent to sell cocaine and heroine, and possession of drug paraphernalia by possessing a razor blade, baggies and pill bottles. Weston was the witness.

* Steven Bailey, 29, 115 East Walnut St., Apt. 36, Danville, was indicted for first- and second-degree trafficking a controlled substance by possessing a Schedule II and Schedule III controlled substance with the intent to sell, one count of possession of less than 8 ounces of marijuana, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Weston was the witness.

* William B. Thornton, 23, 407 1/2 South Campbell St., Lancaster, was indicted on first-degree possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia (a straw used for the ingestion of cocaine), and reckless driving. Deputy Sheriff Bobby Amon was the witness.

* Bobby L. McCollum, 54, 21 Narrow Gap Road, Paint Lick, was indicted for his third offense of driving while under the influence of intoxicants, driving while license suspended for a DUI conviction, and possession of an open alcoholic beverage container. Amon was a witness. Bail was set at $10,000.

* Dallas R. Helton, 36, 700 Hamilton Valley Road, Crab Orchard, and Joni Brandenburg, age and address unavailable, were indicted on two counts of receiving stolen property (motorcycle) over $300. Helton also is charged with being a first-degree persistent felony offender. Helton's bond is $25,000 and Brandenburg is under a $10,000 bond.

Helton and Audrey Helton, 54, 4215 Cartersville Road, Apt. 4, Paint Lick, were indicted on four counts of receiving stolen property (four-wheeler, riding lawn mower and two trailers), each valued at over $300.

Dallas Helton also faces a second indictment for being a persistent felony offender.

Those indicted will be arraigned 9 a.m. Nov. 19 in Garrard Circuit Court.

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