My question involves criminal law for the state of: Kentucky
Hi all. My aunt has been with an abusive boyfriend for almost a decade now. This lifestyle and relationship is normal for her. But a month ago her boyfriend got into a heated argument with her pregnant daughter, grabbed a pistol (he is a convicted felon btw) and went outside and shot the gun into the ground 4 times. I'm assuming it was out of anger and to take control of the situation by force and fear.
Well what happened was several neighbors called the police reporting that shots were fired and when the cops showed up my aunt's daughter actually told the cops that he did it and they arrested him. Even though he did not have the gun on him when he was arrested her being an eyewitness was enough to get him arrested for possession of a gun by a convicted felon.
Well he plead not guilty and went to court and his public defender wanted to get him on house arrest so he could get out of jail until his case was over but the judge said absolutely not and instead sat another court hearing for next week for a "revocation hearing". The judge also said that if his probation is revoked he will have to serve both sentences consecutively, meaning he will have to serve the rest of his probation time in jail then if he is found guilty also serve the gun possession charge sentence right after.
However he has been calling my aunt saying that his public defender said if he is not indicted on this gun charge then he will get out of jail and it will all be over with however based upon the judge not allowing him out of jail and then having a "revocation hearing" it sounds as if this judge has made up his mind on the situation and will be sentencing him next week.
Is this public defender just giving my aunt's boyfriend false hope? Based upon the details I have given does it sound like he is screwed? I live 300+ miles away so the information I receive is second-hand information and I come to you all to hopefully make some sense of it.
My family wants him in jail but my aunt needs him to help pay bills without him she is struggling to keep the house hold above water. I am trying to help her as well and need to be prepared to help her long-term if her boyfriend is likely going to go away for awhile. Based upon what I know it sounds like he is but I would like to hear others who are more familiar with the law give insight.