COVINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man accused of shooting another man during a robbery in Latonia pleaded guilty on the day his trial was scheduled to begin, according to prosecutors.
Damien Kidd pleaded guilty Wednesday to Assault 2nd Degree, Robbery 1st Degree and Tampering with a Witness, according to prosecutors.
Investigators say Kidd was a passenger in a pickup truck with two other people on West Southern Avenue in Latonia on May 13, 2020.
They say Kidd was wearing a mask and was armed with a shotgun and pistol when he jumped out of the truck and tried to rob Chris Carr. Investigators say Carr tried to run away and Kidd shot him in the back with the pistol. They say Carr survived.
Kidd and the other two men in the pickup truck were arrested in the early morning hours of May 14, 2020.
Covington Police say in a recorded phone call from jail, Kidd admitted to shooting Carr. They say Kidd also asked his mother to pay off Carr so he wouldn’t testify against Kidd at trial.
Prosecutors say they are recommending a 10-year sentence. Kidd is scheduled to be sentenced January 5, 2021.
One of the other passenger’s in the pickup, Thomas Thompson, previously pleaded guilty to Facilitation to Robbery 1st Degree and received a five-year sentence, according to prosecutors.
Damien Kidd’s mother, Brenda Smith, pleaded guilty to Tampering with a Witness. She awaits sentencing, according to prosecutors.