Man whose sentence commuted by former Ky. governor to plead guilty


FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks with reporters in Frankfort, Ky., as he conceded the gubernatorial race to Democratic challenger Andy Beshear. Patrick Baker, a Kentucky man convicted of reckless homicide in a 2014 home invasion and then pardoned two years later by then-Gov. Bevin has been arrested on federal charges in connection to the same crime, according to court records unsealed Tuesday, June 1, 2021. His pardon was among hundreds Bevin issued in the time between his electoral defeat in November 2019 and his final day in office a month later. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Court records show a 27-year-old Kentucky man whose sentence was commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court, where he is charged with producing child pornography.

Dayton R. Jones of Hopkinsville pleaded guilty in state court to sodomy and distributing material portraying a sexual performance by a minor.

After three years, Bevin commuted Jones’ sentence.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Jones is scheduled to change his plea to guilty on October 20.

Another person Bevin let out of prison was convicted last month of murdering a drug dealer in Knox County. Patrick Baker’s family had held a political fundraiser for Bevin in 2018.

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