Carrollton Police chief, officer indicted on official misconduct and kidnapping charges
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two members of the Carrollton Police department have been indicted on charges related to an inmate being driven to Louisville and put on a bus to Florida, according to a release from the Attorney General's Office.
A Carroll County grand jury returned indictments for Chief Michael Willhoite, 48, and Officer Ronald Dickow, 50, Monday morning on kidnapping charges. The two have been charged with complicity to commit kidnapping, complicity to commit custodial interference and complicity to commit official misconduct.
According to video provided to WDRB by the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Horine appeared in court on April 22 for disorderly conduct and terroristic threatening. He weighed his options...6 month in jail, Florida, or a mental hospital.
Ultimately, he decided to be committed -- but that never happened.
The indictment says Adam Horine, an inmate at the Carroll County Detention Center, was supposed to be transferred to Eastern State Hospital for care. However, Willhoite and Dickow are accused of knowing interfering with the process by taking Horine to Louisville and putting him on a bus to Florida.
Kidnapping is a Class B felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.
Carrollton residents are outspoken about the alleged incident.
"The way they took him to Florida, the way I read it in the paper, it should not have been handled that way. No, not at all," said Carrollton resident Jerry Johnson.
Some believe it was simply a misunderstanding.
"They go out of their way to help people. No way in any way, shape or form, can you make me believe, and there's a lot of people in this town that don't believe it either. They do not believe he intentionally done anything wrong," said Maggie Briley, a Carrollton resident.
The judge has ordered that the two officers not be allowed to remain in their law enforcement roles for now.
The two officers have pleaded not guilty.
The police department is not commenting.
According to the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, Horine was later charged with escape, and brought back to Kentucky.
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