, Corbin, KY

May 7, 2013

Plotnick appears in Whitley Circuit Court

The Times-Tribune


By John L. Ross / Staff Writer

A man facing murder charges after the beating death of a Corinth Community man appeared in Whitley County Circuit Court Monday.

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

According to the circuit court clerk’s office, Plotnick is represented by the public defender’s office.

The clerk’s office explained the attorney had motions, but that all motions offered were overruled.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell said deputies and Corbin Police officers descended on Peace’s home in December and found Plotnick, Peace and Plotnick’s girlfriend, 39-year-old Theresa Burnett, on the front porch.

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

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

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

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.