Garret Callahan never said he raped a Winchester woman four years ago, but now says he thinks a jury would convict him again if his case went back to trial.
This morning he pleaded guilty in Clark Circuit Court to a single count of first-degree rape and was sentenced to 13 years. The sodomy charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.
In 2009, Callahan was tried and convicted of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy and was sentenced to 30 years. The Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction in April and ordered a new trial citing an error by the trial judge.
“(Pleading guilty) makes the most sense to me,” Callahan told Clark Circuit Judge Jean Chenault Logue this morning.
Callahan said he was intoxicated at the time of the incident in 2008.
“I admit I was wrong and my judgment wasn’t clear at the time of the incident,” he said.