Judge upholds sentence in attempted murder of police officer

Kelly Clark, 47, was sentenced to 13 years in prison for trying to kill a sheriff’s deputy.

A judge said on June 27 that a 13-year prison sentence for attempted murder is justified for Kelly Clark, a town of Louisa resident.

Clark, 47, was found guilty by a jury in April of trying to kill Glenn Payne, a Louisa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, on Dec. 26, 2016. Louisa Circuit Court Judge Timothy Sanner upheld the 10-year sentence the jury recommended, plus two years for assaulting Payne and one year for attempting to disarm him.

Before he was sentenced, Clark challenged the assertion that he was high on cocaine at the time of the incident, calling it an “assumption.” Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney Rusty McGuire presented no evidence of cocaine use, but told the jury it was plausible given Clark’s bizarre behavior toward Payne.

McGuire also suggested Clark could have been affected by abuse of suboxone, for which he had a legal prescription to treat an opiate addiction.

Sanner said the 13-year sentence is justified, given the evidence presented during the trial and the trauma Payne suffered.

Clark has retained a new attorney as he considers appealing the verdict.

Read more details in the July 4 edition of the CV.