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Man held in fatal wreck accused of threatening

An inmate being held in the Letcher County Jail in connection with a fatal traffic accident is facing new charges after he allegedly threatened a deputy jailer and damaged the glass windows of a holding cell.

Kelvin Eric Sexton, 31, of Sandlick, beat his aluminum crutch against a jail glass window Dec. 14, according to Letcher County Jailer Don McCall. Deputy Jailer Wallace Kincer said Sexton became enraged after Kincer asked him about his actions, according to court documents.

“[Sexton] said I had done him wrong and started cussing me saying that he was going to kill me, burn down my house and that I had better sleep with one eye open,” Kincer wrote in a citation. “At the time he was making threats he was holding the cane that he had been beating on the window.”

Sexon, who was charged recently with second-degree manslaughter in connection with the July traffic death of Shawn Emerson Roark, now faces additional charges of first-degree terroristic threatening, seconddegree wanton endangerment and menacing.

In a separate citation charging him with first-degree criminal mischief, Sexton is accused of continuing to beat his cane against the jail glass windows until he broke the cane and damaged two windowpanes.

Sexton had been allowed to have the crutch in the holding cell because of health reasons, McCall said. The crutch was taken from him after the incident.

On Dec. 5, Sexton was charged with second-degree manslaughter and operating a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The arrest warrant was signed by Letcher Circuit Judge Sam Wright and served by Letcher County Sheriff ’s Deputy Eugene Slone. The charges are in connection with the July wreck that killed Roark, of Premium, and injured Roark’s girlfriend, Dorothy Hall Gibson.

Gibson, also of Premium, filed a lawsuit in Letcher Circuit Court in September that accuses Sexton of acting in a negligent manner on July 27 when he caused the 2012 Chevy pickup truck he was driving to collide with a 2003 Toyota pickup driven by the 36-year-old Roark.

Gibson, who had been riding to Walmart with Roark, a construction worker, to buy a birthday present for her son, had to be airlifted to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn., for treatment of her injuries. Sexton was only slightly injured.

In an August 9 incident not related to the July 27 wreck, Sexton was charged by Whitesburg City Police with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and possession of marijuana. The arrest was made on Sandlick after someone phoned in a complaint to police about Sexton’s erratic behavior.

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