Jessamine County

Financial firm owner to keep property after paying court $118,000 on bond for fugitive

The owner of a Jessamine County financial advisory firm will not lose his property after posting it as bond for fugitive John Buckley IV.

On Friday, Charles Kelly Buckley, John Buckley's uncle, paid $118,000 to the Fayette County Circuit Court clerk's office, the amount outstanding from a $150,000 bond that allowed John Buckley to be released from jail before trial, prosecutor Todd Bradbury said in an email.

John Buckley, a former Army Ranger, was out on bond July 12 when he fled from Fayette Circuit Court on the last day of his trial on rape and sodomy charges. His escape has sparked a nationwide manhunt spearheaded by Lexington police and the office of Fayette County Sheriff Kathy Witt.

According to prosecutors and court documents, Charles Buckley initially paid $32,000 of his nephew's bond and allowed the state to take out a lien on his office complex at 105 Wind Haven Drive in Nicholasville to cover the remainder.

On Sept. 11, Judge Thomas Clark ordered the cash and property forfeit because John Buckley had failed to return to court. However, Clark allowed Charles Buckley to pay the remainder of the cash rather than forfeiting the office complex, which houses Spectrum Financial Alliance, Charles Buckley's business.

The state will release the lien on Charles Buckley's property, Bradbury said.

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