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January 6, 2014

Man accused of hitting wife with cane appears in court, pleads guilty

Somerset —

A number of defendants appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court in December, including a man who allegedly hit his wife with a cane in a June 2013 incident at a local camping area.
Danny Michael Hughes, 39, of Science Hill, appeared before Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp and pleaded guilty to one count of assault under extreme emotional distress, according to Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David L. Dalton.
Dalton said that in June 2013, Hughes and his wife began fighting while camping at Oil Center, located in western Pulaski County. Hughes hit his wife with a cane during the argument, and she had to seek treatment for her injuries at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital. 
The case was investigated by the detectives with Commonwealth Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery’s office and with Pulaski County Attorney Martin Hatfield’s office.  
Dalton stated he would recommend three years in prison for the charge. Tapp set final sentencing for Jan. 17.
The following defendants also appeared in circuit court:
• John Paul Muse, 45, of Somerset, pleaded guilty to one count of felony receiving stolen property, according to Dalton. Dalton said that in May 2013 officers with the Somerset Police Department connected Muse with a stolen 2000 Toyota MR2 after the car was taken to River Metals for scrapping. 
Dalton stated he would recommend one year in prison. Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette set final sentencing for January 16.
• Dustin D. Malicoat, 24, of Somerset pleaded guilty to one count of third-degree burglary, according to Montgomery. Montgomery stated that in Aug. 2011 Malicoat broke into a detached garage in Bronston. DNA evidence collected by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department linked Malicoat to the crime, according to Montgomery.  
Montgomery said he would recommend three years in prison for the charge. Burdette set final sentencing for January 16.
• James A. Eldridge, 24, of Eubank was imprisoned for six years after his probation was revoked, according to Dalton. Dalton said Eldridge was originally convicted of first-degree possession of a controlled substance, felony theft, and felony receiving stolen property.

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