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Charges expanded against Shelbyville man in imprisonment case

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Gary Harris faces multiple felonies, including rape, sodomy

By Lisa King

A man accused of holding a woman at gun and knife point for five days has been indicted on those and additional charges and will be arraigned Monday in Shelby Circuit Court.
Gary Harris, 48, of 833 Bland Ave., Apt. 2B in Shelbyville was arrested May 7 and charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment, all felony offenses except for the domestic violence charge, which is a misdemeanor.

When he was indicted July 24 by a Shelby County Grand Jury on those charges, he also was charged with first-degree rape, also a felony, and the original assault charge was increased to that of second-degree assault, a Class C felony, which carries a penalty of 5 to 10 years in prison.

The woman, his girlfriend, was rescued by patrolmen after being held by Harris at the point of a 14-inch hunting knife and gunpoint on his home.

The report says that Harris had restrained the woman for five days, during which time he sexually abused her by forcing objects into her body.

In the report, police said the woman told of being struck on the head with a hammer, being forced to sit in scalding hot water and being held at both knife and gunpoint.

Shelbyville Assistant Police Chief Maj. Istvan Kovacs said that the police were made aware of the situation after someone called to tell them about the woman’s plight.

“A family member contacted us through central dispatch,” he said.

Kovacs said he could not be specific because of an ongoing investigation.

The report said that after Harris’ arrest, the woman was treated by a sexual assault nurse, and evidence gathered at the crime scene included photos, fingerprints and a rape kit.

Harris is lodged at the Shelby County Detention Center.

First-degree sodomy and second-degree assault carry a prison sentence of 10 to 20 years; first-degree unlawful imprisonment has a penalty of 1 to 5 years, as does first-degree wanton endangerment, and first-degree rape is punishable by a 10 to 20 year prison sentence.

 

Other cases scheduled

Along with Harris, hearings are also scheduled Monday for several other high profile cases:

  • Mark Bruner, charged with first-degree assault of Denisse Escareno, the woman found lying beside KY 53, has a pretrial hearing. He is scheduled to be tried this fall.
  • Jesse Stump, charged with rape and incest, will have a pretrial hearing.
  • Linda Poole, charged with embezzling thousands from her employer, Amen Auto in Bagdad, is expected to make a plea.
  • Lonnie Monroe, charged with second-degree manslaughter in a vehicular DUI case, is scheduled for a disposition hearing.