Bartley waives preliminary hearing, remains jailed

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By Joseph P. King II

JACKSBORO—Convicted school shooter Kenneth Bartley Jr., waived his preliminary hearing regarding recent assault charges levied against him by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.

Bartley is next scheduled to appear before a grand jury Aug. 8 with Judge Robert Estep presiding, according to District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones.

Bartley’s assault charges stem 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 the June incident, when he allegedly made death threats to his father and fought with officers, according to the report. Bartley was released from the Campbell County Jail after posting a $2,000 bond a few days following the incident and entered into the parole he allegedly violated.

Since the assault qualifies as a misdemeanor, 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 of 2014, he was released for time served after posting a $7,500 bond.