OWENSBORO, Ky. – A man facing up to a decade in prison for spitting in the face of a deputy jailer will go free after a Kentucky appeals court vacated his conviction.
The Messenger-Enquirer of Owensboro reports 25-year-old Michael D. Padgett had been convicted of felony assault and sentenced to one year in prison for the 2014 incident in which he spat on a deputy jailer who was trying to restrain him. Because Padgett already had two felony convictions, he was a "persistent felony offender" and his sentence was increased to 10 years.
Padgett was tried twice for the crime. A state appeals court ruled Friday a judge was wrong to declare a mistrial in Padgett's first trial, meaning the second trial was improper. The court ruled Padgett could not be tried again.
Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com