Ex-Fugitive Sentenced in Hospital

Paducah, KY – Court officials sentenced Robbie R. Lee to seven years in prison in his hospital room at Western Baptist Hospital yesterday. The 67-year-old ex-fugitive suffered chest pains during his arrest Friday and later underwent heart surgery. McCracken County is expected to foot his medical bills, since he was in their custody at the time. According to the Paducah Sun, the rare, on-site sentencing was held to transfer Lee to state custody, relieving the county from his future medical bills. Judge Jeff Hines sentenced Lee to seven years without parole for a 2001 drug conviction. County officials say they are looking into whether Lee's health insurance will agree to pay his bills, which could exceed $50,000.