, Corbin, KY

April 3, 2013

Man accused in beating death receives trial date

The Times-Tribune


By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man accused in the December beating death of a Corinth Community man now has a trial date scheduled.

Samuel E. Plotnick, 36, is set to face a jury Sept. 11. He is indicted on several charges related to the death of 55-year-old Jimmy D. Peace.

According to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell the call came in to dispatch about a burglary in progress at Peace’s home.

Deputies and Corbin Police officers descended on the home and found Plotnick, Peace and Plotnick’s girlfriend, 39-year-old Theresa Burnett, on the front porch, according to Harrell.

He said both Burnett and Peace had “visible injuries,” with Peace’s marks mostly on his head.

Plotnick was arrested for assault and resisting arrest charges that night.

Harrell kept in contact with Peace’s sister after the assault. He explained Peace was treated at Baptist Regional Medical Center (now called Baptist Health Corbin) and released.

But days later, it was discovered Peace had suffered “very severe” internal injuries. According to Fayette County Deputy Coroner John McCarty, Peace “was brought back to BRMC with complications from his injuries.”

McCarty said Peace was transported University of Kentucky Medical Center and “was admitted just after midnight” on Dec. 21. Peace’s sister told Harrell that Peace had been on life support for several days.

Peace died Jan. 2, “from multiple blunt-force trauma injuries sustained during the assault,” according to McCarty.

Plotnick’s charge of murder came that same day.

Besides murder, the other charges in Plotnick’s seven-count indictment include four counts of third-degree assault, one count of fourth-degree assault, and one count of first-degree persistent felony offender.

Plotnick was convicted in 2001 for first-degree sodomy in Whitley County, and was convicted in December in Oldham County for third-degree assault.

Plotnick was under a half-million-dollar cash bond, but the bond has been reduced to $100,000 fully-secured, with an ankle bracelet. He remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.