PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WTVQ/TIMES-TRIBUNE) — A Prestonsburg resident who admitted killing a Floyd County Detention Center inmate last year faces a decade behind bars.
The Times-Tribune reports Floyd County Circuit Judge Johnny Ray Harris sentenced Scotty Gibson, 25, of Prestonsburg, on Thursday to serve 10 years. Gibson was indicted last year for the June 5, 2018, murder of inmate Adam Potter, of Prestonsburg. First responders were called to the jail that day, after reports of an inmate who was unresponsive.
Gibson was indicted in June 2018 on a murder charge. After reaching a plea agreement with Floyd County Commonwealth’s Attorney Brent Turner’s office, he pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter.
According to the paper, family members offered a victim’s impact statement that was reviewed by Harris prior to the hearing. Turner reported that the family is in agreement with the sentence.
The Time-Tribune reports officials say it appears Gibson was not intentionally trying to murder Potter when he punched him.
Floyd County Attorney Keith Bartley reported after Potter’s death last year that Gibson allegedly attempted to strike him twice, but he only hit him once on the side of the head, causing him to fall at the jail, according to the paper.
He said it was a “nightmare punch” that caused Potter’s death. Turner previously reported the evidence shows that Gibson struck Potter in such a way that it injured his skull, causing a vein to bleed.
“It was an unusual situation,” Turner said. “You would not expect that punching someone one time could result in their death, but that’s exactly what happened. The defendant may not have intended that, but he caused it and he will have to live with that. A very young man lost his life and his family has been devastated by this. Ten years is a lengthy prison sentence, but we feel it’s fair in light of the damage he caused.”
The information reported is attributed to The Times-Tribune.