Judge denies early prison release for former Garrard official

LANCASTER — For the second time in three months, a judge has denied early release from prison for a former Garrard County official serving time for reckless homicide.

Dwayne Nave, former emergency management director, was denied shock probation on Friday by Garrard Circuit Court Judge Hunter Daugherty. The judge also had denied shock probation to Nave in early October.

Under Kentucky law, a judge may release an offender who has served 30 to 180 days of his jail sentence under so-called shock probation. It is to be used with first-time, non-violent offenders on the theory that a small taste of prison life is enough to "shock" them into becoming law-abiding.

Nave was sentenced in July to five years in prison for reckless homicide, fourth-degree assault and driving under the influence. On April 29, 2007, Nave was driving an official vehicle when it crossed the center line and collided with a pickup on U.S. 27 near Bryantsville.

The pickup driver, Willard Quinn, 43, of Parksville was killed, and a passenger, Kevin Reed of Stanford, was seriously injured.

Nave had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12 when his blood was analyzed nearly two hours after the crash at Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville.

In his latest bid for early release, about 50 letters in support of Nave were submitted to Daugherty.

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