Scott jury recommends six life sentences, plus 20 years, for sex crimes
SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Scott County man who had been out of prison on parole for just 76 days when he went on a sex-assault spree could get six life sentences plus 20 years if a judge follows a jury’s recommendation.
Thursday, the Scott County Circuit Court jury recommended the sentence for 35-year-old Cody Arnett, according to Georgetown Police. The jury recommended the terms be served consecutively, meaning Arnett would spend the rest of his life in prison.
The same jury had found Arnett guilty Tuesday of three counts of first-degree rape, two counts of first-degree sodomy, one count of first-degree burglary and one count of evidence tampering, according to the department.
The jury also found him guilty of being a first-degree persistent offender because he had three prior felony convictions, according to the department’s Facebook post.
The jury recommended the consecutive life sentences for the sex crimes and burglary and 20 years, also consecutive, for the evidence tampering.
“We are thankful to our citizens who were called to serve their community as jury members and once again demonstrated by their verdict and sentence recommendation, Georgetown is not the city to come commit violent crimes,” said Georgetown Police Chief Michael D. Bosse. “The thoroughness and hard work of all the Georgetown officers in investigating this horrible crime, along with the punishment recommendation by our citizens should serve as a strong warning to criminals: don’t come to our city and commit violent crime; you will pay severely. Not here!”
“I would like to thank the jury for handing down the highest level of legal consequences possible in this case. We all need to send the message that rape will not be tolerated in this, or any, community,” added Becky Rhodes, the police department’s victim advocate.
A judge will formally sentence Arnett later this fall.