STANFORD — A Lincoln County man has been sentenced to two years in prison for shooting at a police informant whom he believed was responsible for his arrest on drug trafficking charges.
Jerry L. McAninch, 41, of New Salem, who initially was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment for firing shots from a handgun at a man he allegedly believed to be informing on him to police in January 2012 on Rowland Cutoff Road.
The charge was reduced as part of a plea deal with prosecutors that also dismissed charges of intimidating a person involved in a legal process and tampering with evidence.
Lincoln Circuit Judge Jeffrey Burdette sentenced McAninch to two years for wanton endangerment that will run consecutively with the six-year sentence he received after pleading guilty last year to two counts of trafficking in methadone. His total sentence is eight years.
According to court records, the man McAninch shot at, who lives in Stanford, was “an active participant in a criminal case against” McAninch when McAninch fired rounds from a .22-caliber pistol at him. McAninch was out on bond after being arrested for trafficking in methadone a second time a week before the shooting incident.
McAninch also was charged with trafficking in methadone in November 2011 as part of an undercover sting operation run by Kentucky State Police’s Drug Enforcement Special Investigations East unit that used confidential informants to make drug buys.
Sealed indictments in the sting revealed McAninch had sold methadone to a police informant in March and April of 2011, court records show.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times