Christian County’s circuit judge is in the final stages of establishing a veterans court that could keep veterans guilty of crimes out of prison.
Judge Andrew Self will lead the county’s veteran court that he says should be up and running by the end of the year. Self says the specialty court will connect participants with Veterans Affairs programs in addition to keeping them from behind bars.
“They are paying taxes rather than being a burden on our tax system and still then provide them with the kind of help or assistance they need to restore their lives or get their lives back together. Because of our proximity to Fort Campbell a veterans court just seemed like a very natural connection for our community.”
Two Hopkinsville men will serve prison time for trafficking prescription drugs from Florida to Kentucky. Circuit Judge Andrew Self sentenced 24-year-old Cary Alder and 26-year-old Scotty Highsmith to ten and fifteen years respectively. The two men are suspected of transporting more than 3,000 Oxycodone pills by mail. 27-year-old Peter Nibert of Pasco County, Florida was also convicted in connection to the case.