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May 14, 2014

King pleads guilty to sex-related crimes

CORBIN — By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer

A man charged with sex-related crimes pleaded guilty in Laurel County Circuit Court Tuesday, according to the Laurel County Circuit Clerk’s office.

Michael King, 39, pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement to two counts of first-degree rape. In exchange for the plea, the two counts of first-degree rape will be amended to two counts of first-degree sexual assault and his charges of first-degree sodomy and other sexual charges will be dropped at his sentencing.

The Commonwealth recommends two concurrent five-year sentences. King is scheduled to be sentenced July 17.

Task Force Officer Detective Jason Back along with other Deputy U.S. Marshals located and arrested King at a residence in Blackwater, Va., in July, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

King, who had previously listed a residence in London, was wanted on outstanding warrants out of Laurel County. He had been a wanted person since January 2013. Warrants for his arrest included first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse, first-degree sodomy and other charges.

Information about his possible whereabouts became available to deputies in July through confidential sources. That information was corroborated and arrangements were made to attempt to locate King, who was found in Virginia and arrested without incident.

King remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center, jail records indicate.

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