Crime

Convicted rapist Buckley refused to leave cell for arraignment

John Buckley, mug shot taken at Fayette County jail, July 23, 2013.
John Buckley, mug shot taken at Fayette County jail, July 23, 2013.

Convicted rapist John C. Buckley IV refused to leave his jail cell Wednesday to attend his arraignment several hours after local authorities returned Buckley from Laramie, Wyo. to stand charges in Kentucky.

Buckley, 30, was convicted of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, fourth-degree assault and second-degree unlawful imprisonment in Fayette Circuit Court in July 2012, but he never returned to the courthouse for sentencing. He cut off his monitoring bracelets, fled and remained on the lam. Buckley was captured in Wyoming in May but fought extradition.

Buckley, considered a "flight risk" by law enforcement, was extradited from Wyoming using the plane normally used to transport the governor. Sheriff's deputies typically fly commercial, but safety concerns were raised, Sheriff Kathy Witt said Tuesday.

Buckley was booked into the Fayette County jail Tuesday night. He faces additional charges of first-degree bail jumping, tampering with a prisoner monitoring device and two counts of contempt of court.

A judge rescheduled Buckley's video arraignment, said jail spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Taylor. He is scheduled to appear in Fayette Circuit Court Friday.

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