Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON — An attorney for Kent Barlow requested his client receive shock probation in Marshall Circuit Court Monday after spending seven months in the Marshall County Jail.
Marshall Circuit Judge Dennis Foust said he would consider the motion made by attorney Mark Edwards before issuing a ruling.
Barlow pleaded guilty to fourth degree assault, domestic violence with minor injuries, first degree wanton endangerment and first degree unlawful imprisonment in the same courtroom in August.
He had faced additional charges of rape, terroristic threatening and kidnapping before he accepted the plea agreement. Barlow faced all charges after a March assault on a long-time girlfriend.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Mark Blankenship said he expected a ruling within the next 10 days.
“I expect he may grant the order for shock probation and require extensive monitoring,” Blankenship said. “We oppose the move given the violence of the crime, but the victim said she forgave Mr. Barlow during pre-trial mediation.”
Blankenship said Barlow’s record before this case may act in his favor. Prior to arrest, he had no felony convictions, and was principal of South Marshall Middle School. He added if Barlow is granted shock probation, he was hopeful the court would require extensive monitoring using technology that could inform law enforcement of Barlow’s position at all times.
“With the cost of imprisonment, there may be some alternate plans for his sentencing knocking around,” Blankenship said. “If he is granted shock probation, he would face several restrictions and a curfew. He would also pay for the costs of the monitoring.
Through his plea agreement, Barlow faced up to 10 years of incarceration in a state correctional facility. Without shock probation and given time served, Barlow would be eligible for probation within 18 months of his sentencing.
As a condition of his plea agreement, Barlow must also avoid contact with the victim.