A Madison Circuit Court jury Wednesday convicted Glyndon D. Eaton on six felony charges related to an attack on his ex-wife, Keena Morris, in late June 2005.

The Berea man will likely serve a minimum of 10 years and six months behind bars if Circuit Judge Julia Adams upholds the jury’s sentencing recommendations, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Hall said.

Hall told the victim that she had never known Adams to reduce a jury’s sentencing recommendation.

Adams set formal sentencing for Jan. 4.

The jury of nine women and three men returned guilty verdicts on all counts after deliberating for less than two hours. It had heard more than six hours of often lurid testimony over two days.

The jurors took a little more than an hour to settle on their sentencing recommendations.

Testimony began at 1 p.m. Tuesday after a morning of jury selection.

The charges included kidnapping and second-degree assault, which, under Kentucky law, are classified as “non-violent” crimes that carry a penalty of 5 to 10 years. The jury found Eaton guilty on both counts and recommended that the maximum of 10 years be imposed for both. But, the jurors asked that they be served concurrently.

The four charges of “violent” crimes, including two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy, carry potential sentences of 10 to 20 years each. The jury recommended the minimum of 10 years on each count to be served concurrently. That term, however, should be served consecutive to the other 10-year sentence, the jury said.

Eaton could serve a maximum of 20 years, but would be eligible for parole after 10 years and six months.

Defendants are eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of a term for a non-violent crime and 85 percent of a sentence for a violent crime. Because the two terms are to be served consecutively, he would have his first parole hearing after serving 10 years and six months.

Since his arrest on June 28, 2005, Eaton has been held in the Madison County Detention Center for nearly 17 months. If Adams gives him credit for time served, he could be eligible for parole in a little less than nine years.

The victim and her family, while satisfied with the guilty verdicts, were concerned that Eaton could end up serving what they considered a relatively short sentence.

“You will be notified of his parole hearings and will have opportunity to oppose his chance for parole,” Hall told Morris. “I know Commonwealth’s Attorney David Smith will be there to oppose parole for him.”

Public defender Lynda Campbell had asked the jury to render verdicts of 10 years on all counts with all terms to be served concurrently. The prosecution asked for the maximum on all counts with consecutive terms.

Eaton did not take the witness stand in his own defense, and Campbell called no witnesses on his behalf.

In her closing arguments, Campbell conceded that Eaton was guilty of the assault charge.

She suggested to the jury that Eaton had met his wife, who had filed for divorce in March, at her home on the morning of June 27, 2005, in a bid for reconciliation.

The couple drove to the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge, a peaceful place where they had gone together while married, Morris said. There they could talk about resuming their 17-year relationship, she told the jury.

“An argument broke out, and Glyndon snapped and turned violent,” she said.

While not denying that the brutal beating took place, Campbell suggested that Morris made up the rape and sodomy charges so that Eaton would have to serve more time in prison.

Campbell asked the jury to convict Eaton only of second-degree assault with the minimizing circumstance of acting under “extreme emotional distress.”

In the months before his wife left him, Eaton’s brother had committed suicide, an uncle had died, his mother was diagnosed with cancer and he had suffered a heart attack, Campbell said. These events left him depressed, and Eaton “snapped” under the added stress resulting from the breakup of his marriage and learning that his wife was interested in another man, Campbell said.

Morris, the main witness against Eaton, told the jury a much different and more grotesque version of events.

Morris testified that after moving out of their marital home, Eaton had called her “constantly,” alternately begging her to return and then threatening her if she did not.

She said that Eaton, after arguing with her about being unable to reach their daughter on her cell phone the weekend prior to the attack, had left her a voice mail message saying “Don’t worry about me. I’m going out of town for a few days.”

“That shows his attack was premeditated,” Hall said in the prosecution’s closing argument. “He wanted Keena to think he was going out of town, and she could let her guard down.”

Morris testified that Eaton “tackled her from behind” as she was leaving her apartment for work about 7:15 that morning. “Do as I say or I’ll cut your ----ing head off right here,” she said he told her.

He then forced her at knife-point to get into her car and keep her head down while he drove them to their former home, she said.

Once there, he forced her into the bathroom where she locked the door from the inside. At that point she took her cell phone from her pocket, called her mother and asked her to “call the law.”

Eaton heard the conversation, kicked open the door and seized Morris’ cell phone, ending the call, she said.

Morris’ mother called the Kentucky State Police, but their attempts to find either Morris or Eaton failed.

After executing search warrants, state police investigators later found Morris’ purse and cell phone in the bathroom of Eaton’s home. Her blood also was found on the floor.

“A woman doesn’t leave her purse or her cell phone behind if she’s going somewhere willingly,” Hall said in support of the state’s charge of kidnapping.

“A door is not kicked open if someone leaves a room willingly,” she said. KSP investigators said they found the bathroom door of the house damaged and a footprint on the door. Photographs of the door damage were entered as evidence.

Eaton again forced Morris into her car and began to drive, not allowing her to see where they were going, she testified.

As she pleaded with him to consider their teenage daughter, Morris said Eaton slashed her arm with his knife, leaving a bleeding cut. The KSP crime laboratory found that the seat belt of Morris’ car was “soaked in her blood” from the cut, Hall told the jury.

After reaching a remote location on the wildlife refuge, Morris said Eaton slashed the tires on her car and tossed the keys into the distant brush.

Investigators found the car with the slashed tires, but could not find the keys.

Eaton then threw her to the ground and began cutting her hair off with his knife, Morris said.

Photographs and a videotape of the scene, taken by state police and submitted as evidence, showed large clumps of black human hair.

“Everyone always said your hair was so pretty,” Morris said Eaton told her. “Let’s see what they say now.”

Morris said her ex-husband then cut her clothes off, using his knife, and subjected her twice to rape and sodomy, once violating her sexually with a pistol.

“How does it feel to know you can have a .45 inside you?” she said he asked her.

“Why would a man cut a woman’s clothes off if he didn’t intend to rape her?” Hall asked the jury. “Why would he pull a tampon from her body if he wasn’t going to rape her?”

Consistent with Morris’ testimony, state police said they recovered a soiled tampon and her cut up clothing from the scene.

Morris said Eaton also forced her to perform oral sex as he beat her about the head “for not doing it right.”

“Why would Keena make up these additional allegations of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse when only one was needed to create an extra charge?” Hall asked the jury.

“Why would she claim rape and then undergo a humiliating exam at the hospital for sexual assault, if she was making up the charge?”

The defense denied the charges of rape and sodomy because no semen was recovered from the victim’s body.

Dirt, leaves, grass and other foreign materials were found, however.

“You’ve seen the color photos of Keena’s bruised and lacerated body,” Hall said. “These are so horrific and undeniable that the defense concedes the assault took place. You have no reason to doubt Keena’s testimony.”

Eaton did not suddenly snap, Hall said. “He’d been threatening Keena with violence for months,” she said.

“Marriages end every day. People get hurt every day, but they go on with their lives,” Hall said.

“Glyndon Eaton didn’t consider Keena his wife. He considered her his possession. When he lost her, he wanted to get even. Show him today that he didn’t get even. Find him guilty.”

Less than two hours later, the jury did just that.

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