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November 11, 2010

Man who shot, stabbed wife pleads guilty

10-year sentence recommended for second-degree assault

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — A Laurel man accused of shooting and stabbing his wife, then keeping her in her bedroom for two days, faces 10 years in prison.

Denver Eversole, 40, of 60 O. Johnson Road in London, entered a guilty plea in Laurel Circuit Court last week for second-degree assault against his wife, Ella Eversole, stemming from the family argument on Feb. 26.

A jury trial was scheduled for today (Wednesday) on those charges.

Denver Eversole was originally charged with two counts of first-degree assault and one count of attempted murder following his arrest on Feb. 28.

He was indicted by a Laurel County Grand Jury in April for two counts of first-degree assault and one count of kidnapping, which each carry a 10- to 20-year sentence.

By pleading to the lesser charge of second-degree assault, Eversole faces a 10-year sentence, the maximum prison time for that charge.

The other assault charge and the kidnapping charge were dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

The Eversoles were reportedly arguing on the evening of Feb. 26 when Denver shot his wife in the left leg with a .38-caliber handgun and stabbed her in the upper back with a pocket knife. Evidence in the case indicates that Denver Eversole threatened his wife’s family if she reported the incident.

Ella Eversole retreated to her bedroom where she remained, bleeding from her wounds for two days before an anonymous tip to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the home for a welfare check.

Greeted at the door by Denver Eversole, the deputies were taken to the bedroom, where they found the 29-year-old woman lying in her bed, bleeding, pale and unable to stand up on her own.

Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 20 in Laurel Circuit Court.

Staff writer Nita Johnson can be reached by e-mail at njohnson@sentinel-echo.com.

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