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March 27, 2014

Man who threatened parents gets 10-year sentence

Somerset — A Pulaski County man who last summer threatened his parents with a gun has been sentenced.

Anthony Merrick, 52, of North Ky. 1247, on Thursday appeared before Pulaski Circuit Judge David A. Tapp.

Merrick had pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree wanton endangerment in connection with the Aug. 15, 2013 incident in which he threatened his parents, Enza and Arvil Merrick, during a confrontation.

“I put people in danger with the use of a firearm,” said Merrick during a February hearing.

According to the police report, Merrick fired at least three shots from a rifle during the confrontation before his mother grabbed the gun and tackled him.

The parents left the home and called for help.

Anthony Merrick was treated at the scene by EMS and later flown to UK for self-sustained injuries that occurred prior to the confrontation. He was later arrested by University of Kentucky campus police.

Anthony Merrick was initially indicted on two counts of attempted murder, but those charges were amended down to wanton endangerment as part of Anthony Merrick’s plea deal.

Tapp asked Anthony Merrick during the February hearing to describe the events leading up to his arrest.

“I had been drinking and I was taking my medication,” said Anthony Merrick (who noted during the hearing he suffers from an anxiety disorder and takes medication for it). “I evidently fell, hit my head, woke up in a pool of blood, got a firearm, fired it indoors, placing my parents and myself at risk.”

Tapp on Thursday accepted Commonwealth Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery’s recommendation and sentenced Merrick to 10 years in prison.

Merrick was sentenced to five years in prison for each wanton endangerment count to run consecutively.

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