A Floyd County grand jury recently handed down more than a dozen indictments, including one that was filed against a man who is accused of assaulting and endangering the lives of two family members. 

A Floyd County grand jury indicted Clifford (Clifton) Jarrell, 54, of Dana, charging him with second-degree assault, first-degree wanton endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, and several traffic violations. 

Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner said the incident involved a man and teenager who are related to Jarrell. 

“The allegations involve the victim’s claim that they were ran off the road,” Turner said. “There were two vehicles and one vehicle ran the other off the road, and then there was an allegation of an assault with a bat.” 

The indictment alleges that Jarrell allegedly assaulted Bruce Jarrell and damaged or destroyed property that belonged to him on April 6, and that he “wantonly engaged in conduct” that created a “substantial danger of death and/or serious physical injury” to a child.

According to documents filed in Floyd County District Court, Kentucky State Police  investigated a single vehicle collision on Ky. 1426 at the mouth of Sampson Fork on April 6, in which a Chevy Trailblazer driven by Clifford Jarrell ran off the road and hit a tree. The district court file reports that Clifford Jarrell claimed that Bruce Jarrell ran his vehicle off the road, but Bruce Jarrell denied that allegation when he arrived on scene. The documents say that he told KSP officials that Clifford Jarrell ran him off the road and a woman, who was arrested that day on other charges, hit him in the head with a bat. 

Jarrell is scheduled to be arraigned on these charges in Floyd County Circuit Court on July 25.

If convicted, he could face a sentence of between five and 10 years on the assault charge, between one and five years on the wanton endangerment charge and up to one year on the criminal mischief charge. 

The following indictments were also issued:

• Brian K. Wright, 46, of Prestonsburg: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, excessive window tint, rim or frame obscuring lettering or decal on plate

• Amanda Adkins, 28, of Prestonsburg: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, obstructed vision and/or windshield 

• Jessica Jarrell, 37, of Weeksbury: first- and third-degree possession of a controlled substance, controlled substance not in original container 

• Shawn Hamilton, 31, of Stanville: first-degree fleeing/evading police, first-degree wanton endangerment, driving on a suspended license, disregarding traffic control device, reckless driving, failure to produce insurance card, failure to wear seatbelt

• Earl Bevins, 35, of Betsy Layne: first-degree possession of a controlled substance

• Jeanna Thompson, 35, of Betsy Layne, first-degree possession of a controlled substance

• Thomas Bentley, 35, of Pikeville: first-degree possession of a controlled substance

• Nathaniel Newsome, 36, of Harold: first-degree possession of a controlled substance, second-degree persistent felony offender

• Kyle Hamilton, 28, of Teaberry: first-degree fleeing/evading police, driving on a suspended license, rear license not illuminated

• Dingus Hamilton, 31, of Hi Hat: driving under the influence, fourth offense, driving on a suspended license, no or expired registration receipt, no registration plate, failure to produce insurance card, registration and title requirements for vehicles, failure to maintain insurance, failure to wear seatbelt

• Roger Chaney, 42, of Shelbiana: theft of identify, giving officer false identifying information 

• Amy L. Neeley, 33, of Martin: driving under the influence, fourth offense, driving on a suspended license, second-degree persistent felony offender 

Editor’s note: An indictment is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until, and unless, proven guilty.

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