Whitesburg KY

Former candidate is arrested after jury indictment unsealed

A former candidate for Letcher County sheriff was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

The charge against “Walking Tall” Jon Hall, 36, of Neon was contained in an indictment that was opened last week by Judge Sam Wright. The indictment had been sealed after being returned by the Letcher Grand Jury December 18.

Hall’s real name is Jonathan Stanley Hall. He was seen in Walmart in Whitesburg December 3 with a .44 caliber 1851 replica revolver on his hip. Police were notified that Hall, who is a convicted felon, was seen in a public place with a black powder pistol. Police went to Hall’s residence that evening and questioned him about the gun.

Hall wrote and hand delivered to The Mountain Eagle office a comment about the incident, which he asked to be printed in Speak Your Piece.

In Hall’s comment, which appeared in the December 10 edition of The Eagle, he said that his guns are for defense, and that the only way he would draw a gun is if he walked in on a robbery.

“I was at home minding my own business around 7 p.m. December 3 when Neon, Whitesburg and Jenkins police officers pointed flashlights and machine guns at me and demanded I come out of my house with my hands on my head,” wrote Hall. “Then they took my gun off my hip and told me they were going to take me to jail. Then they gave me my gun back and recommended that I get a concealed carry permit.”

Hall asked in Speak Your Piece what was the point of police questioning him about the gun.

“I wasn’t doing anything wrong,” said Hall. “I know the police were doing their jobs, but come on.”

The grand jury says Hall, a convicted felon, committed a class C felony by possessing the handgun.

Hall was previously convicted of a felony in Boone County in a 2005 case. Under the alias Johnny Burger, he was convicted on a felony in a 1998 case in Campbell County.

Hall was arrested a few weeks before the May Primary Election on a contempt of court charge after he missed a jury trial which had been set for April 28. Hall said he thought the trial started at 11 a.m., but was still late by half an hour when he arrived in Letcher District Court at 11:30 a.m. By that time, Letcher District Judge Kevin R. Mullins, 17 prospective jurors and four subpoenaed witnesses — including one from Lexington and one from Frankfort — were no longer in the courtroom.

Mullins sentenced Hall to 60 days in the county jail. where Hall spent election night.

Hall said he had planned to represent himself in court while standing trial on two counts of third-degree terroristic threatening, charges which he called “trumped up.” He is accused of threatening to “whip (Neon Fire and Rescue Chief ) Carter Bevins’s ass.” On a separate occasion he allegedly threatened to “ whip his (Bevins’s) punky ass,” according to a criminal complaint.

Hall said he was accused of threatening Bevins after Hall spoke to the Fleming- Neon City Council at its January 2014 meeting. He said he wanted to be a member of Neon Fire and Rescue, but Bevins wouldn’t allow it.

Hall is lodged in the Letcher County Jail. Bond is 10 percent of $5,000. Arraignment for the possession of a handgun by a convicted felon charge is set for March 19 in Letcher Circuit Court.

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