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Kentucky judge tells veteran he can rejoin the military to avoid jail for sexually abusing inmates

Outrage after Kentucky judge tells army veteran he could avoid jail for sexually abusing a female inmate at the jail where he worked if he joins the army within 30 days

  • Brandon Scott Price, 28, was convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate at the Franklin County Regional Penitentiary
  • Price pleaded sodomy to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, with a two-year suspension
  • However, Judge Thomas Wingate told Price he could stay out of prison if he re-enlisted in the military within 30 days of his sentencing.
  • “If you don’t register within 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail,” Wingate said. “You’re under fire, young man. You have to do it’
  • Army regulations requiring Price and other convicts to get a civil servant waiver would likely keep him from ever returning to the armed forces










An army veteran turned prison guard was given the chance to rejoin the military to avoid being jailed by a Kentucky judge for assault, though army regulations would likely prevent him from ever returning to prison. armed forces.

Brandon Scott Price, 28, was convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate at the Franklin County Regional Penitentiary.

Price pleaded guilty to sodomy to second-degree assault and was sentenced to 12 months in prison, two years of which were probation.

However, Judge Thomas Wingate told Price he could stay out of prison if he re-enlisted in the military within 30 days of his sentencing.

“If you don’t register within 30 days, you can report to the Franklin County Regional Jail,” Wingate said. “You’re under fire, young man. You have to do it.’

Judge Thomas D. Wingate ordered Price to re-enlist in the military instead of serving jail time

Judge Thomas D. Wingate ordered Price to re-enlist in the military instead of serving jail time

Brandon Scott Price, 28, was convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate at a prison where he worked

Brandon Scott Price, 28, was convicted of sexually assaulting a female inmate at a prison where he worked

The case dates back to January 2019. In July of that year, a female inmate alleged that Price and several other former prison staff had sexually assaulted her during what she called a medical emergency, requiring her to be taken to a hospital.

The lawsuit alleges that Price voluntarily took the inmate to the hospital and did so alone, in violation of prison standards and practices.

It goes on to say that Price stayed in the hospital for five hours with the inmate, all the while making what she calls “sexually charged remarks” and discussing his connections with probation officers at the Corrections Department.

On his way back from the hospital, Price is accused of offering the inmate a chance at parole in exchange for sex, after which he pulled over the van and assaulted the woman while she was handcuffed.

Price said he “made a stupid mistake” and let a female inmate touch me inappropriately. He was later arrested after an investigation by officials for the prison.

“You’re going to have a huge breakthrough,” Wingate said during the sentencing. “You made a terrible mistake, which I know cost the county money.”

The decision sparked outrage on social media, with one user writing that Wingate “should be in jail with this man,” while another called the decision “pathetic.”

One user said ‘someone should message’ Wingate about the phrase.

But despite the outlandish offer, it’s highly unlikely that Price will be able to enlist within the 30-day limit, even if he wanted to.

Army rules say an applicant is not eligible if “as a condition of a civil conviction or adverse order or any other cause through a civil or criminal court, [they are] ordered or subject to any penalty implying or imposing enlistment in the armed forces of the United States.”

Price has the option to try to get an exemption, but will have to prove “sufficient mitigating circumstances to clearly justify the approval of the waiver.”

The convicted assailant’s lawyer said his military service was known to the judge prior to the conviction.

“It’s not uncommon for judges to set unique terms like these based on the defendant before them and create conditions that best serve them to stay on the straight and narrow,” said Whitney Lawson. “It’s just that this one happened to have the military element.”

Lawson said her client has begun to re-enlist, but blames the red tape for delaying the process.

“The problem is you can ask ten people if he can re-enroll and what industry and they’ll give you nine different answers, so we’re trying to work through that,” Lawson added.

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