Man charged has long history with law

shopkins@herald-leader.comMay 1, 2010 

Glenn Rahan Doneghy, the man charged in the hit-and-run death of a Lexington police officer, has a lengthy criminal history that includes previous run-ins with police, according to court documents.

Doneghy, 33, was charged with murder in officer Bryan J. Durman's death Thursday, but his rap sheet — which includes charges of theft, drugs and traffic offenses — began when he was a teenager.

Fourteen years ago, an attorney for the then 19-year-old high school graduate, who was facing jail time for two counts of fourth-degree assault, asked the judge to give Doneghy probation.

At that point, Doneghy's record had blemishes — including traffic offenses, the attorney said. And he had served six months' probation for second-degree wanton endangerment, according to documents in Fayette Circuit Court. In that case, he was accused of leading police on a high-speed chase through Hollow Creek at 80 miles an hour.

The attorney, Ernesto Scorsone, who is now a circuit court judge, said in his court filing at the time that Doneghy was still aching from watching his mother's fiery death when he was 7. She was pumping gas into her car when she caught fire, as Doneghy sat inside the vehicle.

Also, Doneghy led a life "marked by individuals seeking to abuse him and/or take advantage of him," Scorsone said at the time.

Scorsone told the judge the teen had plans — he had enrolled in Lexington Community College and wanted to major in accounting.

"Ultimately, Glenn is a fine person who simply needs some direction and some structure in his life," the court document said.

Doneghy received two years' probation in the assault case, but it was later revoked and he served 12 months in jail for violating the terms of the agreement.

Doneghy's life apparently continued to unravel in the decade that followed.

According to court records, Doneghy's mental competence has been questioned on numerous occasions and he has been admitted more than once to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center. According to an evaluation from 1996, he suffers from a lack of trust.

The psychologist reported in 1996 that Doneghy had a rocky relationship with his grandmother after his mother died. He thought she was stealing his money, the report says. Doneghy admitted that he didn't trust anyone because he thought people were trying to get money from him. Doneghy and his sister were awarded a $1 million trust fund after their mother's death, the report said.

Doneghy also was not happy with law enforcement.

"He believes the police have taken an uncommonly active interest in his life and believes he is frequently under surveillance and has been 'sweated' by the police a number of times," the report says.

The psychologist recommended that Doneghy maintain contact with someone he could learn to trust, get a job to combat "progressing social isolation," and receive psychotherapy.

Doneghy continued to have tumultuous relationships with the people near him. Emergency protective orders and, in some cases, domestic violence orders were filed in 1998, 2004 and 2006 by three women who said he attacked them. At least one of the women has a child with Doneghy, according to court records.

Doneghy was again admitted to the Kentucky Correctional Psychiatric Center during a case in 2005 for mental evaluation and found competent to stand trial.

There were convictions on assault charges at least three times between 1999 and 2004, including a charge that he punched his ex-girlfriend several times in the face, according to court records. A charge of third-degree assault of a police officer was amended to harassment in November 2004.

Neighbors at Doneghy's Northland Drive apartment say they didn't know much about Doneghy because he kept to himself.

Kathy Slade, who has lived on Northland Drive about a year, said she hadn't realized Doneghy had his own apartment there.

April Mink said she saw Doneghy coming and going often, but he did not appear to have any friends or relatives.

"I always thought he was odd," said Mink. "He didn't talk to nobody."

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