Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

October 23, 2013

Buckner pleads guilty to 24 thefts


Oct. 23, 2013 — A Willard man accused of 24 felony thefts changed his plea Tuesday in Carter Circuit Court.

John F. Buckner, 63, pleaded guilty to 24 counts of receiving stolen property and will serve 10 years in prison. His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 2.

Judge Rebecca Phillips also ordered Buckner to pay restitution in the amount of $42,262, which his attorney, Michael Curtis, said he was going to attempt to get reduced.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Buckner will be eligible for parole after he has served 20 percent, or two years, of his sentence. According to Curtis, Buckner has already served approximately that much time in jail and on home incarceration, meaning he will be able to meet with the parole board right after he is finally sentenced on Dec. 2.

However, just because Buckner is eligible for parole does not mean he will receive it. In fact, studies have shown that Kentucky offenders rarely make parole the first time they seek it.

Bucker will remain on home confinement pending his final sentencing.

Buckner had made an agreement with former Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Conn for 10 years probated in exchange for a guilty plea. That agreement was rejected by the courts in March 2012.

Buckner was arrested in March 2010 and originally charged with two counts of receiving stolen property.

An additional 19 stolen items were discovered on his property at the time of his arrest, which led to

a 24-count indictment in June 2012. The indictment included eight class D felonies and 16 Class C felonies.

If convicted on all 24 counts, Buckner faced up to 20 years of incarceration.

The 2010 indictments included:

Eight counts of receiving stolen property between $500 and $10,000.

16 counts of receiving stolen property valued at over $10,000.