Former Deputy Jailer at KY River Regional Jail Sentenced

A former supervisory deputy jailer at the Kentucky River Regional Jail has been sentenced to 108 months in federal prison and three years of supervised release related to his role in an unprovoked violent assault of a detainee who was being held at the jail, and subsequently covering up the beating. Kevin Eugene Asher, 32, was sentenced on Thursday, October 19, 2017. He was convicted by a jury on April 12 of deprivation of civil rights and obstruction of justice. According to evidence and testimony presented during the jury trial, in November 2012, Asher and another deputy jailer, Damon Wayne Hickman, physically assaulted 55-year-old inmate Gary Hill, who was being held for a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. Acting U.S. Attorney Carlton Shier said this type of criminal conduct not only causes real injuries to victims, but tarnishes the work of truly dedicated law enforcement personnel.

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