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June 9, 2014

Man sentenced for sex crimes

Former Girdler resident pleaded guilty to sodomy for 2003 crimes

CORBIN — By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A former Girdler resident who had to be brought from the other side of the globe to face charges has now officially been sentenced for his crimes.

Jerry E. Amundsen, 43, with an address in Wasilla, Alaska, stood handcuffed before Judge Tom Jensen in Knox County Circuit Court Friday with his defense attorney, Jason Kinser.

In February, he accepted the Commonwealth’s offer and entered into a plea agreement — that agreement gives him two five-year sentences to run concurrently, for an official five years in prison.

Jensen explained Amundsen’s indictment had been amended — the original charges were two counts of first-degree sodomy.

As part of the agreement, each of those counts was reduced to two counts of second-degree sodomy — one count for the crime which occurred Oct. 1, 2003, the other count for the crime that happened Oct. 19.

The remaining charges were then dismissed, according to Jensen, who added he had also reviewed a sex offender evaluation report as well as the regular pre-sentencing report.

The judge asked whether Amundsen or Kinser had anything to say on Amundsen’s behalf to attempt to mitigate sentencing — and Amundsen looked down and quietly shook his head “no.”

Amundsen was remanded back into custody, and he remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Center — he was under a $250,000 cash bond. He will be handed over to the state’s Correctional Cabinet for prison assignment.

It took quite an effort to get the man to Knox County for his initial court appearance in June.

According to Kentucky State Trooper Shane Jacobs, Amundsen was arrested in connection with a first-degree sodomy investigation in 2003.

The victim in the case was 12 years old at the time.

In June it was learned Amundsen was indicted in 2005 on these offenses; however, Jacobs alleged Amundsen fled Kentucky prior to his arrest on an indictment warrant.

Jacobs said he ended up in Alaska, then fled the United States.

Earlier in 2013, Jacobs said Amundsen was discovered living in South Korea.

Assisted by KSP Post 10, Jacobs said the U.S. Marshal’s Service transported Amundsen from South Korea to California.

The Knox County Sheriff’s Department then transported the suspect back to Knox County, according to Jacobs.

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