Bartley pleads not guilty to recent charges

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By Joseph P. King II

JACKSBORO—Convicted school shooter Kenneth Bartley Jr., pleaded not guilty in Campbell County Criminal Court Monday to assault and other charges levied against him from June and July incidents.

Bartley’s assault charges originate from a July 18 incident, when he was allegedly found in violation of his parole issued from another assault charge in June because he was consuming alcohol, the arrest report shows.

Officers were led to the violation because a neighbor had reportedly called claiming Bartley had “gone crazy,” records show.

The July incident came just one day before Bartley faced charges for a June incident, when he allegedly made death threats to his father and fought with officers, according to the report.

Bartley was released from Campbell County Jail after posting a $2,000 bond a few days following the incident. Bartley’s attorney, Greg Isaacs of Knoxville, called the incident a “cry for help” from Bartley following the June hearing where he was granted release on recognizance.

A grand jury indicted Bartley Aug. 8 for two counts of assault on a police officer for the July incident and domestic assault, resisting arrest and escape for the June incident.

Since the charges qualify as misdemeanors, the maximum jail time Bartley could face is 11 months and 29 days, Assistant District Attorney General Scarlett Ellis said.

In 2007, Bartley was sentenced to a total of 45 years in prison on a plea bargain for the shooting that injured two school administrators and resulted in the death of assistant principal Ken Bruce.

Bartley was later found guilty of the lesser crime of reckless homicide.

In February 2014, he was released for time served after posting a $7,500 bond.

Bartley is next set to appear Sept. 29 in Campbell County Criminal Court. He is being held in Campbell County Jail without bond.