Kentucky man pardoned by former Gov. Matt Bevin arrested on strangulation charge

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On Twitter, former Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky defended his decisions, saying he “personally wrote every word of justification for each pardon granted and each sentence commuted.”Credit…Timothy D. Easley/Associated Press

A Lexington man has been charged with strangulation a year after then-Gov. Matt Bevin pardoned him on a conviction for killing his infant son.

Kurt Robert Smith, 36, was arrested on Friday by Lexington police on one charge of fourth-degree assault — domestic violence and one charge of first-degree strangulation, a felony, according to the Fayette County Detention Center website.

Kurt Smith was arrested in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 20 years for wanton murder of his son. Smith was 17-years-old at the time.

Smith served 18 years, but was freed after Bevin pardoned him. Bevin stated that Smith “Had been duly punished for his criminal actions.”

The citation in the case, which would have details of the alleged offenses, was not yet available online Friday evening.

Source: The Lexington Herald-Leader and NBC Lexington