The Richmond Register

January 9, 2014

Woman pleads guilty in facilitation to shooting

By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer

RICHMOND — A woman accused of helping her then-boyfriend flee after he shot a man on Race Street last year pleaded guilty to facilitation to first-degree assault Thursday in Madison Circuit Court.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith recommended Nicole Transeau, 20, receive a sentence of five years in prison, probated for two years under supervision.

Judge Jean C. Logue dismissed three charges of first-degree wanton endangerment against Transeau.

The shooter, Tony Ray Gay, 22, pleaded guilty in November to second-degree assault and being a convicted felon in possession of a handgun.

He was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

The shooting victim, William Damien Gross, suffered an abdominal wound. He recovered following treatment at the University of Kentucky Medical Center, according to Richmond police.

Transeau admitted she was driving the car from which Gay fired his gun at Gross, and that she drove away after the incident.

The shooting was captured on security-camera footage from a nearby business.

Transeau is scheduled for sentencing at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

Trial date set in child sex-crimes case

Logue set a trial date in the case of a couple who are accused of multiple sex crimes involving two children under the age of 12.

Eric N. Kelley, 31, and Deanna Lawson, 33, are scheduled for a three- to four-day trial April 28. The judge said the trial would be given top priority to be tried that week.

Their trial had previously been scheduled for Oct. 28, but they were indicted in the fall on new charges involving a second child so the trial was delayed.

Kelley is charged with eight counts of first-degree sodomy, two counts of first-degree rape, nine counts of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of use of a minor under 18 in a sexual performance.

Lawson is charged with complicity in all 20 counts. Kentucky law treats complicity the same as committing a crime, and she is subject to the same penalties as Kelley if convicted.

First-degree rape and first-degree sodomy of a child under 12 are Class A felonies, punishable by 20 to 50 years or life in prison.

Both Lawson and Kelley remain incarcerated in the Madison County Detention Center. Logue denied a request to lower Kelley’s bond.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.