April 25, 2013

Home invader indicted—again

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Friday was a busy day for 48-year-old Jeffrey Sasser, who lists addresses of  Boggs Road in Lily and Hopper Creek Road in London.

In addition to being indicted for fleeing from police and other charges, Sasser was already scheduled for two other hearings in Laurel Circuit Court on Friday morning.

Sasser was set for a pretrial hearing before Laurel Circuit Judge Tom Jensen from a March indictment charging him with first-degree burglary, receiving a stolen firearm, first-degree burglary, and first-degree persistent felony offender. That indictment stemmed from a Feb. 12 incident in which Sasser, armed with a .22 caliber pistol, went to several homes on Brannon Mill Road, trying to gain access to the residences.

One of the first residences was that of John Duke, who answered the door when Sasser knocked. After exchanging some brief pleasantries, Sasser pulled out the pistol and asked Duke what he would have to do to get inside his house. The retired ex-cop promptly slammed the door, called police, and then called neighbors to warn them of potential danger.

An all-day search for the man resulted in the new indictment which charges Sasser with possession of a firearm, second-degree fleeing or evading police, resisting arrest, and carrying a concealed deadly weapon.

In that indictment, Sasser was spotted near Boggs Road in the Lily community by Laurel Sheriff’s Deputy Josh Scott and Constable Tim May around 3:30 p.m. Sasser tried to run from the police, but was apprehended in a nearby wooded area after a struggle with the officers. When Sasser was searched, he had a .22 caliber pistol, three knives, rope, duct tape, and a Halloween mask.

Sasser also has a first-degree persistent felony offender charge and has two prior felony convictions -- second-degree burglary in Laurel County in 2005, and received a 6-year sentence; and theft by unlawful taking in March 2012, in which he received a three-year sentence.

Sasser was also scheduled for a probation revocation hearing on Friday stemming from violating the terms of his probation from the 2012 felony conviction. With the new indictment, both the pretrial hearing and the probation revocation hearing were rescheduled for May 17.