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Rachel Baldwin


Staff Writer


PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A defendant who remains behind bars in the Pike County Detention Center on charges of the brutal rape and attempted murder of a female victim has been indicted on further charges by the Pike County Grand Jury.


According to a copy of the indictment provided to the Williamson Daily News by Pike County Commonwealth Attorney Rick Bartley, Jonathan Thornsbury, 21, of Sidney, Ky., was indicted on two additional counts each of first degree rape and first degree sodomy and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.


The charges stemmed from an incident that occurred on March 7 of this year. The defendant is accused of being involved in a domestic disturbance that escalated into a physical confrontation in which the victim was brutally raped, sodomized and beaten until she became unconscious. The injuries were reportedly so severe that the victim spent several days in the Intensive Care Unit of the Pikeville Medical Center.


Upon making contact with Thornsbury at the time the crime occurred, Kentucky State Police (KSP) Trooper Jimmy Nolte also charged the defendant with resisting arrest, menacing and public intoxication.


He was previously indicted on the offense of attempted murder when he allegedly beat the victim and threatened to kill her, as well as one count each of 1st degree rape and 1st degree sodomy. Thornsbury was also indicted on a charge of being a persistent felony offender due to a previous conviction and sentencing in 2008.


The defendant remains incarcerated on a $500,000 full-cash bond that was set by Pike County Circuit Judge Darrell Mullins during the arraignment process. Further updates will be provided on this case as they become available.


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