Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned 10 Kentuckians Monday, including a Lexington mother who was accused of reckless homicide in the 2011 death of her 5-year-old son after he consumed a large amount of vinegar.
The mother, Deah D. Adams, later was sentenced to six months of supervised probation in June 2016 after pleading guilty to a reduced misdemeanor abuse charge. Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwin ruled that the death of the child, Joseph Maoping Adams, was “a tragic accident.”
The judge said she believed Adams, who has three other children, was “truly, truly, truly sorry.”
Joseph died Dec. 3 at University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital. He had Hirschsprung’s disease, which affects the colon and requires a restricted diet. Adams said she gave him 2.5 cups of vinegar to try to induce vomiting after drinking milk and eating butter made him sick.
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About two months after the boy’s death, Fayette County Coroner Gary Ginn announced the boy’s death was ruled a homicide because he was given a “lethal” dose of vinegar. Pathologist Cristin Rolf, who performed the autopsy on Joseph, testified that he died from a lethal amount of vinegar administered by his parents.
Goodwine, though, said the scientific evidence presented to her in several hearings indicated that was not the case.
“Ingesting vinegar does not cause death and cannot cause death,” she said.
Bevin said of his pardon of Adams, “All available evidence indicates that this conviction resulted from a heartbreaking and tragic accident. Mrs. Adams and her family have more than paid for any mistake that was made. This pardon is granted so that Deah D. Adams can move forward with her life as best she can.”
Here are the other nine people Bevin pardoned and details of their convictions:
▪ Robert Darin Ashley of Louisville. Ashley was convicted in 2004 in Jefferson Circuit Court of manufacturing methamphetamine, 1st offense; possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; unlawful possession of methamphetamine, first offense; possession of drug paraphernalia, first offense; and trafficking in methamphetamine, first offense. He also was convicted in 2005 in Nelson Circuit Court of possession of a controlled substance, first degree; and possession of drug paraphernalia.
▪ Regina Fay Bedwell of Benton. Benton was convicted in 2003 in Calloway Circuit Court of cultivation of marijuana; possession of drug paraphernalia; possession of marijuana; and possession of a controlled substance.
▪ Wilgen Allen Boyer of Somerset. Boyer was convicted in 1990 in Pulaski Circuit Court of criminal trespass, first degree; and theft by unlawful taking. He was convicted in 1991 in Pulaski Circuit Court of criminal possession of a forged instrument, second degree.
▪ Michael Dwayne Brooks of Leitchfield. Brooks was convicted in 1994 in Grayson Circuit Court of reckless homicide. Of his Brooks’ pardon, Bevin said, “Mr. Brooks has paid his debt to society for his actions and has clearly turned his life around in the past couple of decades.”
▪ John Kevin Chapman of Jackson. Chapman was convicted in 2001 in Pike Circuit Court of arson, third degree.
▪ James Edgar Crawell of Clinton. Crawell was convicted in1997 in Hickman Circuit Court of trafficking in controlled substance, second degree; and trafficking in marijuana, first offense. He was convicted in 2001 in Fulton Circuit Court of two counts of theft by deception.
▪ Jerry Lee Crenshaw, Jr. of Louisville. Crenshaw was convicted in 1993 in Jefferson Circuit Court of sexual misconduct; theft by unlawful taking; assault, second degree; aggravated assault, fourth degree; and criminal mischief, third degree. Of the pardon of Crenshaw, Bevin said, “Mr. Crenshaw has clearly reconciled with those hurt by his criminal past.”
▪ Rory Dion Crowe of Louisville. Crowe was convicted in 2003 in Jefferson Circuit Court of wanton endangerment, first degree.
▪ Timothy Reed Dulworth of Campbellsville. Dulworth was convicted in 1999 in Taylor Circuit Court of trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana and possession of a defaced firearm.
In a news release, Bevin said he issued the pardons before the Fourth of July holiday “to grant a fresh start at independence and liberty for several individuals who have lost both due to their previous criminal behavior.”
Pardons restore civil rights, such as the ability to vote, own a gun, run for public office and serve on a jury. They also remove barriers to obtaining a variety of government services, certifications and licenses.
Bevin said he receives many requests for pardons and all of them are in the process of being carefully reviewed.
“After much deliberation, I believe that unique circumstances warrant executive action for these 10 men and women,” he said. “There will be additional pardons granted, as warranted, in the months and years ahead,” he said.
Governors generally wait until their final days in office to issue pardons, often to avoid potential political ramifications.
Pardon applications are sent directly to the governor’s office, along with a statement of the reasons for seeking relief and three letters of recommendation. An application form may be obtained by contacting the governor’s office at 502-564-2611.