Attorney General Jack Conway's office will prosecute a rash of burglaries in Nicholasville because a Jessamine County prosecutor was one of the victims.
Erick Reynolds, 28, and Shaylin Ford, 31, were indicted Wednesday on charges that they burglarized nine homes, tried to burglarize a 10th home and stole items from an automobile, according to a news release from Conway's Office of Special Prosecutions.
According to the release, the potential conflict of interest arose because one of the victims was a prosecutor in the office of Commonwealth's Attorney Thomas Lockridge, which normally prosecutes felony cases in Jessamine County.
Reynolds and Floyd also were charged with being persistent felons, the release said. A third Nicholasville resident, Ala "Mike" Samaan, was indicted on a charge of receiving stolen property. Samaan owns a pawn shop in Wilmore, the release said.
Second-degree burglary is a class C felony that carries a penalty of five to 10 years in prison. Receiving stolen property is a class D felony with a penalty of one to five years in prison. The defendants could also face fines of up to $10,000 if they are found guilty, the release said.