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October 18, 2013

Teen gets 10 years in attempted murder case

Somerset — A Pulaski County teen who pleaded guilty to two counts of attempted murder after he attacked his friend’s parents was sentenced in court this week.

Pulaski Circuit Court Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette on Thursday accepted prosecutors’ recommended 10-year-sentence for each of the attempted murder charges in connection with the Jan. 16, 2013 incident in which Paul Scott Young, 18,  tried to stab Edwin D. Phelps, 43, and Laura E. Phelps, 44, in their home.

Those sentences will run concurrently, or at the same time, for a total of 10 years.

Young was indicted earlier this year on two counts of attempted murder. He had initially pleaded not guilty to those charges after his arrest in January.

Young was arrested in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Jan. 16, after his friend, identified in court records as Tyler A. Phelps, 18, allegedly asked him to kill his parents, Edwin and Laura Phelps. Tyler Phelps was indicted in April on two counts of criminal solicitation to commit murder in connection with the case.

His trial date is set for next month.

Although Phelps was a juvenile when the incident occurred, he has since turned 18 years old. Also, juveniles’ court records become unsealed once they’re indicted in circuit court.

Young indicated in previous court hearings that Tyler Phelps asked Young to kill Edwin and Laura Phelps.

According to preliminary hearing testimony from detectives with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, Tyler Phelps let Young into their home on Spring Valley Drive after Edwin and Laura Phelps had already gone to sleep.

Detective Scott Trotter testified Young “lost his nerve” one time — returning to Tyler Phelps’ bedroom in the family’s basement —after he learned the couple’s bedroom door was locked. Trotter said Young told him that Tyler Phelps again asked him to go back and kill his parents, and Young turned around and went back upstairs to the bedroom.

Young broke into the couple’s bedroom and moved across the bed toward Edwin Phelps, who was in the bathroom when Young entered the room. Trotter said Edwin told investigators he heard his wife scream before he entered the bedroom and he saw Young. Young had to move over the bed and over Laura Phelps when he attacked Edwin Phelps.

Young attacked Edwin Phelps with a knife, and Trotter stated Edwin Phelps was cut 10 to 11 times. Trotter said most of those wounds were limited to Edwin Phelps’ arm, but he said he was also cut on his ear, and he suffered a puncture wound to his temple that caused a skull fracture.

Despite those injuries, Edwin Phelps reportedly was able to subdue Young by getting him in what Trotter called a “choke hold” until authorities could arrive.

Edwin Phelps was taken by ambulance to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and later to the University of Kentucky Medical Center. He has since been released. Laura Phelps only suffered minor injuries in the scuffle.

Along with the 10-year sentence, Young is classified on one of the attempted murder counts as a violent offender because Edwin Phelps suffered significant injuries in the attack. That means Young will be required to complete 85 percent of the 10-year sentence before he’s eligible for parole.

Both Young and Tyler Phelps remain in the Pulaski County Detention Center.

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