A Floyd County resident who pleaded guilty to raping a 12-year-old girl and other charges on Thursday could serve 15 years behind bars.
David Jason Slone, 45, of Wayland, who was indicted for first-degree rape, three counts of retaliating against a participant in a legal process and other charges in 2012 and a felony escape charge in 2013, pleaded guilty to those charges in Floyd Circuit Court on Thursday, Oct. 3.
The plea was entered after Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner recommended that Slone serve 15 years for charges in both cases. In exchange for a guilty plea, Turner agreed to drop several other charges that Slone faced, including sodomy, disorderly conduct, menacing and terroristic threatening.
Turner told Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris that the recommendation comes after consultation with the victim in the case. Slone will be formally sentenced hearing in December, at which time Harris can accept the recommendation or impose another sentence. Harris informed Slone that he will be required to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender treatment while he is incarcerated. He will also be required to provide a sample of his DNA, Harris said.
Turner reported that Slone will not be eligible for parole until he serves at least 85 percent of his sentence. Upon release from custody, Slone will then be required to have five years of supervised release as required by state law for sex offenders.
Slone was arrested in April 2012, after he was shot by a relative of the 12-year-old victim in this case.
According to articles published in the Floyd County Times, a Kentucky State Police officer testified in a district court hearing in 2012, reporting that Slone held a knife to the 12-year-old’s throat during the rape and a family member of that child shot him seven or eight hours after the rape. The woman who shot Slone was initially charged with a crime, but that case was eventually dismissed in Floyd District Court.
Additional charges were filed against Slone following a court hearing in May 2012. He reportedly “jumped up and loudly” and cursed at County Attorney Keith Bartley in court, calling him a liar, and he pointed “his finger in a manner resembling a firearm” at two potential witnesses in the rape case. In that hearing, Bartley was seeking a higher bond for Slone, and he disclosed numerous charges Slone faced locally and in other areas, including an escape charge and a charge filed in Michigan for the sexual assault of a child.
Slone escaped from custody in Floyd County and was arrested in Lexington in 2013, resulting in the second indictment issued against him.
He is currently being housed in Laurel County.