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Man, 19, who was accused of trying to murder mom is sentenced on lesser counts

Pleads guilty
CORNETT

CORNETT

A 19-year-old Letcher County man charged with trying to kill his mother last August has pleaded guilty to lesser charges in Letcher Circuit Court.

James Seth Cornett, of 150 Wildflower Lane, Thornton, was sentenced to two five-year prison terms, each probated for five years, after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault (minor injury), first-degree criminal mischief, and wanton endangerment.

Cornett had been accused by Kentucky State Police of attempting to murder his mother, Tammy Cornett, last August 2 by shoving her head into the wind-shield of her car, punching her face, and firing three shots at her with a gun. He was also accused of damaging his mother’s side-by-side ATV by driving it through a picket fence three times.

As part of his punishment, Cornett will be on supervised probation for five years. During that time he must enroll in and complete a long-term drug treatment program and have no unlawful contact with his mother.

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