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Jury convicts Constable ''Kennybuck'' Downey on three counts

Panel recommends maximum sentences on two felonies, one misdeanor; Judge Weddle revokes bond, remands Downey to Adair County Regional Jail
Fifth District Constable Kenneth "Kennybuck" Downey was convicted on three charges in Adair County Circuit Court on Wednesday, April 19, 2006.

Judge James C. Weddle, who presided in the jury trial, revoked Downey's bond and remanded him to the Adair County Regional Jail.

Kennybuck Downey was also a candidate for Fifth District Magistrate, a position his family, including his father and mother had once "owned."

At the time of his arrest last year, Downey was an employee of the Adair County Road Department as well as Fifth District Constable.

As a convicted felon, Downey can not hold the office until such time as his civil rights are restored.

The charges were contained in a May 2, 2005 indictment of Downey. The trial jury convicted Downey on the following :
  • Trafficking in a controlled substance, 1st degree. (Cocaine). The jury recommended the maximum 10 year sentence on this felony charge.

  • Complicity to promote contraband, 1st degree. The jury recommended the maximum 5 years on this conviction, also a felony.

  • Official misconduct, 1st degree. The jury recommended the maximum 12 months and a $500 fine on this misdeanor charge.
The charges grew out of activities involving Downey's tenure as an Adair County Regional Jail employee. The violations in the cases were for incidents which were alledged in the indictment to have occurred in April of 2005.

Downey was remanded to the Adair County Regional Jail.

Final sentencing by Judge Weddle is set for May 23, 2006.
See RELATED STORY:To access original story on investigation by the Columbia Police Department and officials of the Adair County Regional Jail and Downey's arrest by Columbia Police Department, Click Here

This story was posted on 2006-04-20 09:19:44
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