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Click Here for Part Three: Backgrounder On Guy Fingering Progress Kentucky
Click Here for Part Four: Clearing Up Some Reilly-Progress Kentucky Facts
Click Here for Part Five: Progress Kentucky Founder Shawn Reilly’s Stories Often Change, Casting Doubt; Had His Own Troubled Past
Click Here for Part Six: Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly Has Strong Ties To The Democratic Party, Pattern Of Behavior Emerges
Click Here for Part Seven: Update: Shawn Reilly’s Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Report Information
Normally, underage drinking in Kentucky is commonplace and in our opinion no big deal. It’s typically part of youthful behavior on par with most modern European countries.
But Progress Kentucky’s Shawn Reilly and his admitted involvement in the McConnell audio recording scandal is anything but normal or commonplace.
Which is why we were surprised to discover not one but two charges of underage drinking during our in-depth investigation into the background of McConnellGate’s key players.
On September 8, 2001 at 1:20 A.M. Reilly was cited by the Kentucky Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for drinking beer in a public place in Lexington.
From the ABC officer’s report:
KRS.244.085(3) & KRS.222.202(2)
The above subject is 19 years old. The above subject was observed drinking a draught beer in a public place.
Beer was poured out.
Normally, that’d be no big deal.
On November 6, 2001 Reilly appeared before Fayette District Court Judge Pamela Goodwine to voluntarily waive the following rights:
- The right to employ and be represented by an attorney, or to request that an attorney be appointed to represent him
- The right to a jury trial, and to appeal a verdict of guilty; and;
- The right to remain silent, to be confronted with the witnesses against him, and to call witnesses on his behalf.
In waiving those rights, Shawn Reilly entered a plea of guilty to the charge(s) of “POSS ALCOHOL BY A MINOR/DRINKING IN PUBLIC.”
At that point, Reilly was accepted by the Fayette County Attorney’s Diversion Program with the understanding that if he didn’t complete the program, he would be subject to serving up to twelve months in jail and/or paying a fine of up to $500. He was set to reappear in court for sentencing.
That appearance never came because Reilly skipped his court date for whatever reason. Judge Goodwine issued an arrest warrant for his failure to appear.
On February 7, 2003 Reilly was arrested in Louisville on that warrant. On February 8 he was arraigned, released on $226.90 bond and given a continued court appearance before Goodwine on February 17, 2003.
That was that.
Until we discovered an incident on September 13, 2002 at 12:45 A.M. when Reilly was involved in the now-infamous altercation at the Granville Inn in the Old Louisville neighborhood during which a gun was pulled on him.
From the police citation:
Ofc. rec’vd run on fight at 1601 S. 3rd St.
Upon arrival of ofc. observed above subj. yelling at another subj. in parking lot.
Subj. had strong odor of alcoholic beverage on breath, eyes dilated
Subj. stated he drank 3 beers in Granville Inn which he paid for.
Above subj. is under age. Subj. stated he used his UofL I.D. to get in bar (has no DOB info on it)
Again, we’d normally and purposefully overlook a single instance of underage drinking. But two incidents involving police in such a brief period of time is striking. Particularly when one of those incidents later came up during the investigation of Zachary Scarpellini’s murder.
Stay tuned for Part Nine later today.
UPDATE: Click here for Part 9.