A man convicted of rape and sodomy involving a minor in Johnson County will become eligible for parole this October.

According to a 2007 Kentucky Supreme Court decision, Timothy Dwayne Morman was initially indicted by a grand jury on twelve counts of second-degree rape, twelve counts of second-degree sodomy, one count of using a minor in a sexual performance and one count of first-degree being a persistent felony offender after “Morman’s admitted sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.”

He was later convicted of two counts of second-degree sodomy and two counts of second-degree rape after reaching a plea agreement with Commonwealth prosecutors, the appeal decision said. He later decided to reject the plea offer, and then, months later changed his mind again and decided to accept it. During his colloquy with the trial court, Morman said on the record that he was satisfied with his attorney’s representation and he had time to confer with his attorney.

At his sentencing hearing, Morman again changed his mind and attempted to withdraw the guilty plea. The court denied this request and imposed a 10-year sentence for each charge to run consecutively for a total of 40 years. 

The Kentucky Supreme Court upheld the conviction based on the guilty plea, but remanded the case for sentencing as, under Kentucky laws, Morman could not be sentenced to more than 20 years. 

Morman is currently being held in the Northpoint Training Center in Boyle County and is one of five inmates convicted in Johnson County with parole eligibility beginning in October and with hearings scheduled for August, along with:

•Carl D. Daniel, in the Lewis County Jail, convicted in August 2017 for first-degree possession of a controlled substance and receiving stolen property.

•Tammy Evans, in the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women, convicted in 2014 for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

•Myra Ratliff, in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center, convicted in April of this year for first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance.

•Jimmy Strong, in the Powell County Jail, convicted in April 2017 for second-degree assault.

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