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Former Pike County Deputy Sentenced In Neighbor's Death

Dec 2, 2017

Joel Jenkins
Credit Pike County Sheriff's Office

A Former Pike County Sheriff’s deputy has been sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison after pleading guilty to a reckless homicide charge in the shooting death of his neighbor. 

Prosecutors say Joel Jenkins was intoxicated when he tried  to teach Jason Brady how to disarm someone in December of 2015 using a loaded weapon. The gun discharged, killing the victim. Jenkins was fired after the shooting. Last Jaunary, a jury found Jenkins not guilty of murder and reckless homicide charges after being accused of fatally shooting an unarmed man after a chase. Jenkins said he was forced to kill Robert Rooker in March of 2015 because he thought Rooker was leaning down to grab a weapon.