Jonathan Lee Smithers (Credit: Boyd County Detention Center)

BOYD COUNTY, KENTUCKY: CATLETTSBURG MAN THAT SHOT OFFICER PLEADS GUILTY TO FEDERAL CHARGE OF VIOLENT KIDNAPPING

ASHLAND, KY – The U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Kentucky is reporting that a Catlettsburg, KY, man, Jonathan Lee Smithers, 41, pleaded guilty on Wednesday, before U.S. District Judge David Bunning, to a federal kidnapping charge. 

According to Smithers’ plea agreement, on May 1, 2022, Smithers physically assaulted a victim with whom he was in a romantic relationship.  Then, under threat of force and using a firearm, Smithers made the victim accompany him to a store, where he brandished the weapon, assaulted her with the weapon, and confined her in the vehicle.  Smithers then drove her to the Flatwoods area.  After again confining her in the vehicle, Smithers stopped the vehicle and forced her to exit. 

Thereafter, still armed, he forced her to accompany him on foot, requiring her to climb fences, trespass on private property, and traverse random routes around the area for several hours.  She was eventually able to escape and hide from Smithers and law enforcement found her collapsed at a gas station.  Smithers remained in the area on foot, was spotted coming out of the woods, and law enforcement responded.  

Upon being approached by law enforcement, Smithers shot the responding officer in the throat. The officer survived life-threatening injuries.

Pursuant to the plea agreement, Smithers faces a sentence of life imprisonment.                                   

Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky; Jodi Cohen, Special Agent in Charge, FBI, Louisville Field Office; Col. Phillip Burnett, Commissioner, Kentucky State Police; Chief Todd Kelley, Ashland Police Department; Chief David Smith, Flatwoods Police Department; and Sheriff Matt Smith, Greenup County Sheriff’s Office, jointly announced the guilty plea.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, KSP, Ashland Police Department, Flatwoods Police Department, and the Greenup County Sherriff’s Office.  The United States was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Roth.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2022:

The following information is from the Boyd County Detention Center https://www.boydcountyjail.com/

INMATE:

Last Name JONATHAN
First Name SMITHERS
Middle Name LEE
Suffix
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Alias
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Age 41 Years
Date Released
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Booking Date 05/02/2022, 10:46:48
Hair Color RED/AUBURN
Eye Color BROWN
Height 67 inch(es) - [05 foot(ft) 7 inch(es)]
Weight 195.0
Race CAUCASIAN

Arresting Officer HARTSELL - Badge 400
Arresting Agency KSP
Arrest Date 05/02/2022, 07:23:00
Zip 41129
Inmate Class FEDERAL INMATE

Charge Details

Arrest CodeCountsSentenceBond TypeBond AmountNext Court DateArresting Agency
37278 - POSSESS MATTER PORTRAY SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY MINOR U/12 1 0y 0m 0d CASH 500,000.00 2022-09-01 KSP
37228 - PROMOTING A MINOR (U/16)IN SEX PERFORMANCE 1 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP

Case Details For 21-CR-475

CaseCase TypeBond TypeBond AmountCourt Date
21-CR-475 PENDING NO BOND 0.00

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Charge Details

Arrest CodeCountsSentenceBond TypeBond AmountNext Court DateArresting Agency
22062 - BURGLARY, 3RD DEGREE 1 0y 0m 0d CASH 500,000.00 2022-09-01 KSP
01402 - CRIMINAL MISCHIEF 2ND DEGREE 1 0y 0m 0d   0.00 2022-05-05 KSP

Direct Charge Details

Arrest CodeSentenceBond TypeBond AmountNext Court DateArresting Agency
00197 - FLEEING OR EVADING POLICE, 1ST DEGREE (ON FOOT) 0y 0m 0d NO BOND 0.00 2022-06-20 KSP
00001 - SPEEDING 01 MPH OVER LIMIT 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
42215 - POSS CONT SUB 1ST DEG, 1ST OFF (METHAMPHETAMINE) 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
42330 - POSS OF MARIJUANA 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
52197 - POSSESSION OF HANDGUN BY CONVICTED FELON 0y 0m 0d   0.00 2022-06-20 KSP
10201 - UNLAWFUL IMPRISONMENT - 1ST DEGREE 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
37278 - POSSESS MATTER PORTRAY SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY MINOR U/12 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
13161 - ASSAULT, 2ND DEGREE - DOMESTIC VIOLENCE 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
52197 - POSSESSION OF HANDGUN BY CONVICTED FELON 0y 0m 0d   0.00   KSP
09152 - MURDER - POLICE OFFICER 0y 0m 0d   0.00

PREVIOUS CLAYCONEWS REPORT:

KSP TROOPER DEPLOYS TASER, CAPTURES FLEEING ATTEMPTED MURDER SUSPECT THAT SHOT A POLICE OFFICER IN FLATWOODS, KENTUCKY

 

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