Fast postpones plea again

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Expects to make deal with Commonwealth in December

By Lisa King

Joshua Fast, 24, of Crestwood is expected to plead guilty in December in connection with the 2008 death of a Shelbyville man. Shelby County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Melanie Carroll said that Fast was supposed to make a plea Monday, but that was continued to Dec. 6. This will mark the second time the plea agreement has been postponed. When Fast appears in Shelby Circuit Court Dec. 6,  he will be offered the opportunity to plead guilty to reckless homicide instead of the original charge of complicity to second-degree manslaughter, as well as the original charge of second-degree burglary. Carroll said if Fast does not enter a plea in Shelby Circuit Court in December, he will be given a date for a jury trial. She added that she is not sure why Fast’s attorney, Ashleigh Bailey, a public defender from La Grange, asked for another continuance for him. Carroll had said earlier that Fast’s motivation for the first delay was not a further reduction in charges, “He knows this offer is not going to change,” she said. She added that he will be offered the same agreement in December that has been on the table since October. Timothy Carpenter, 24, of La Grange, who was with Fast and their friend David Fletcher when Fletcher was shot and killed during what police say was a failed burglary, pleaded guilty in October to reckless homicide and second-degree burglary. Carroll has recommended that each receive a 10-year sentence, 5 years for reckless homicide and 5 years for the burglary charge, to run consecutively. Carpenter and Fast were in a pickup truck outside a home on Brown Avenue in Shelbyville in October 2008 when Fletcher, 28, was shot by a former roommate, Eric Reynolds,  who said he thought Fletcher was an intruder. Family members said Fletcher, who was moving out of Reynolds’ house, had gone back to get some of his belongings and had broken a window out to gain entrance because he did not have his key, and he thought Reynolds was not at home. Reynolds has not been charged in the case.