King sentenced to two 10-year sentences in arson, stabbing cases

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By Becky Barnes

Michael King, who set fire to his couch and then told police the reason for setting the fire was because his wife left him, was sentenced in Harrison Circuit Court Tuesday.

King, 48, was initially charged on March 13, 2012, with six offenses. Two months later, he was again charged for offenses he attributed to love gone wrong.

King was sentenced to 10 years in prison for charges of first degree facilitation to arson, four counts of first degree wanton endangerment and first degree criminal mischief.

King’s son was inside the residence at the time of the fire and three of his neighbors in the Housing Authority were also home.

Judge Jay Delaney ruled that King would not be permitted parole due to the seriousness of the offense.

A second 10-year sentence will run consecutively for a May 1 incident at Ronnie’s Bar on Walnut  Street.

King entered the bar and stabbed two men, Bobby Crump and Bobby Rose, who attempted to intercede when King allegedly intended to harm his wife, who was working at the bar.

Rose was allegedly attacked from behind by King and Crump joined in the fray after he heard King say he was going to kill his wife.

Cynthiana Police Ptl. Jeff Thomas and Harrison County Sheriff’s Deputy Tuan Kreer confronted King on Pike Street. He was tased by Kreer, but pulled the probe loose and continued walking. He was again confronted by law enforcement and was tased a second time.

This time, King allegedly threw an open knife at the two officers before being taken into custody.

From the second melee, King was charged with two counts of second degree assault in the stabbings of Crump and Rose. He is also charged with third degree terroristic threatening, first degree fleeing or evading police and third degree criminal mischief.

 Restitution in each of the cases was part of the plea agreement.