Whitesburg KY

Alleged victim says indictment wrong

There is no truth to recent police and grand jury allegations that a 42-year-old Premium man poured diesel fuel on two women and threatened to “burn them alive,” one of the alleged victims now says.

Elizabeth Branham, also of Premium, said the Letcher County Grand Jury had no valid reason to indict Thomas Wade Sizemore on two counts of attempted murder and two counts of fourth-degree assault.

Branham said the incident that led to the indictments being returned on August 23 began when a man she declined to identify came to Sizemore’s house and began fighting with him on the night of August 19. She said Sizemore fired his gun into the air to make the man leave, not as a threat to her or a friend who was with her, Lettie Boggs.

“There was a man in his yard that fought with him and had Thomas down choking him,” Branham told The Mountain Eagle after reading an account of Sizemore’s indictment. “When Thomas got loose (from the man) he took his gun and fired it up in the air and told that man to get out of his yard and get off the hill. I tried to take the gun away from him because I was afraid he would hurt someone.”

Sizemore was arrested by a Kentucky State Police Special Response Team on August 20, one day after he allegedly fired several shots from what police termed “a long gun” at Branham and Boggs and assaulted them with his fists.

An affidavit filed in Letcher District Court by Kentucky State Police Trooper James R. Sandlin charges that Sizemore “soaked both women with diesel fuel and stated he was going to ‘burn the bitches alive.'” Sandlin’s affidavit said the two women were able to flee to the residence of Branham’s daughter after they escaped from Sizemore.

Branham told The Eagle on August 28 that the diesel fuel mentioned in the indictment was being stored in a bucket and must have spilled onto her and Boggs “during the rumble” between Sizemore and the other man.

“Us girls were so drunk that night we could hardly stand up,” Branham said.

Sizemore was arraigned on the charges contained in the indictment on August 29.

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