A five day trial of a Bowling Green man accused of violent crimes against a Russellville man wrapped up late Friday, Feb. 15 five hours after the jury deliberated.
Dennis Lee Calloway was fOund guilty of robbery first degree, burglary first degree, complicity first degree, unlawful imprisonment, criminal mischief third degree and terroristic threatening third degree by a Logan County jury, who suggested he serve the minimum of 10 years in prison for his crimes. Due to the crime being of a violent nature, he will have to serve 85 percent of the 10 years. This means he will have to live in jail for at least eight years before becoming eligible for parole.
“I’m very happy with the ruling,” said Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Justin Crocker. “The jury put in a lot of time and thought into this case and came up with a decision that was fair.”
Crocker thinks the jury was comfortable with the minimum sentence because of the length of time Calloway will have to served before being able to come before the parole board.
The reason behind the minimum sentence, said Crocker, had a lot to do with the fact there was a co-defendant involved in the case that hasn’t been identified yet. Testimony during the trial showed that there was a white male who was just as involved as Calloway, however, Calloway would not give up the name.
Crocker said the detective is still trying to locate the co-defendant. They are following leads to try and identify him and bring him to justice.
Calloway will be officially sentenced March 14 at 8:30 a.m. At that time, he will be turned over to the Department of Corrections who will decide where he will serve his time.
Calloway, who was 38 at the time of the crime, was indicted Sept. 21, 2012. The crime involved breaking into the home of Bennie Bryant of Russellville. Bryant said he was assaulted with an aluminum baseball bat, was threatened, held against his will with duck tape and robbed.