Stump gets 20 years for rape of child

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Trial concludes with guilty verdict Tuesday

By Lisa King

Stump gets 20 years in rape and incest case

By Lisa King

A jury trial for Jessie Allen Stump of 110 Ada Ave. in Shelbyville, charged with rape and incest against children, culminated with a 20-year sentence in Shelby Circuit Court Tuesday.

The case is several years old, as Stump, 64, was indicted in July 2012 on two counts each of first-degree rape and incest of two female children to whom he is related. He was serving as their sitter.

It may have been slow going for the getting the case to trial, as it had been postponed several times over the past five years for various reasons, but once proceedings got underway Monday, things moved swiftly.

What was to have been a three-day trial ended late Tuesday, with the jury returning with a guilty verdict after deliberating for an hour and a half.

Shelby County Commonwealth Attorney Laura Witt said that she has tried to work with Stump over the years to reach a plea agreement, but he has not been receptive. She was satisfied with the verdict, she said.

"The jury returned a verdict of guilty to rape, first-degree and sentenced him to the maximum sentence of twenty years," she said.

First-degree rape is a Class B felony which carries a sentence of from 10-20 years.

Stump had also been charged with incest, but he was not the child's biological relative.

The offenses occurred in April 2012 in Shelby County.

Kentucky State Police Det. Ben Wolcott said Stump has a history of the same type of sexual offenses, dating back to 1987 in Jefferson County.

On Monday, the older of the two girls involved, who was 12 years old at the time of the offense, testified in court, relating the details of the incident that occurred, stating that Stump had sexual intercourse with her and told her not to tell anyone. She told the court that she was afraid, but that the second time he did it on another occasion she told a friend, who advised her to tell her teacher. So she later talked to a guidance counselor at her school, she said.

Stump’s attorney, Clarence Hixson of Louisville, declined to speak about the case.