Man whose sentence commuted by ex-governor to plead guilty


FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin speaks with reporters in Frankfort, Ky as he conceded the gubernatorial race to Democrat challenger Andy Beshear. The Kentucky Senate has advanced a proposal to prevent governors from issuing last-minute pardons before leaving office. The proposed constitutional change is a response to a flurry of controversial pardons by the previous governor, Republican Matt Bevin. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Court records show a 27-year-old Kentucky man whose sentence was commuted by former Gov. Matt Bevin is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court, where he is charged with producing child pornography.

Dayton R. Jones of Hopkinsville pleaded guilty in state court to sodomy and distributing material portraying a sexual performance by a minor. After three years, Bevin commuted Jones’ sentence. The Lexington Herald-Leader reports Jones is scheduled to change his plea to guilty on Oct. 20.

Another person Bevin let out of prison was convicted last month of murdering a drug dealer in Knox County. Patrick Baker’s family had held a political fundraiser for Bevin in 2018.

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