The Richmond Register

Crime

April 26, 2014

Man could face long sentence in drug-trafficking case

Previously convicted of dealing three times

RICHMOND — A Richmond man previously convicted several times of drug trafficking is facing up to life in prison after being indicted last week on another charge of dealing cocaine.

Justin “Crazy” Kavanaugh, 30, also was indicted as a first-degree persistent felony offender. This enhances the trafficking charge from a Class B to a Class A felony, which is punishable by 20 to 50 years to life in prison.

In a related case, Kavanaugh was charged with two counts of kidnapping, attempted first-degree rape and third-degree sexual abuse, but those charges were dropped.

Two women alleged that on Dec. 29 Kavanaugh had drugged one of them with a spiked drink while he drove them around and refused to let them out of his vehicle.

Court documents show that the attempted rape, sexual abuse and kidnapping charges were dismissed without prejudice by Madison District Court Judge Earl-Ray Neal in a hearing earlier this year.

However, when Kavanaugh was arrested Dec. 30 following the women’s allegations, officers reported he was in possession of a small bag of cocaine. The charge of first-degree possession of a controlled substance was not dismissed and held for a grand jury.

On Wednesday, a grand jury chose to indict Kavanaugh on a charge of first-degree trafficking in more than 4 grams of cocaine. According to Kentucky Department of Corrections records, Kavanaugh was previously convicted of first-degree drug trafficking in 2001, 2002 and 2007, all in Madison County. He also was convicted in 2007 of felony tampering with physical evidence.

Kavanaugh has remained in the Madison County Detention Center since his arrest Dec. 30.

Other indictments handed down Wednesday:

• Christopher Ray Crittendon, 31, receiving stolen property (firearm), possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, carrying a concealed deadly weapon, giving officer a false name and second-degree persistent felony offender

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