Matthew Burton had gotten out of prison three years and two months before the end of a seven-year term in Kentucky when he was arrested Wednesday in Cincinnati after allegedly shooting his estranged wife seven times and leaving her in critical condition.
Investigators said Burton, 55, fled the shooting scene, police say, by speeding up Interstate 71 and causing several wrecks, injuring other people.
He remained Friday night at the Hamilton County Justice Center in lieu of a $750,000 bond. He was arraigned earlier in the day on one count of felony assault.
Burton was first locked up by Kentucky authorities after he pleaded guilty on Feb. 28, 2005, of second-degree manslaughter and second-degree assault. He was involved in a fatal wreck on I-71 in Gallatin County that killed two people, including his passenger.
The Dec. 31, 2008, release of Burton has angered the prosecutor who put him behind bars in Kentucky."How does someone serve out a seven-year sentence in three years and 10 months?" Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Tally Smith said.
This is how. You have democrats run a government that is soft on criminals so that these animals can get back out on the street to victimize another innocent citizen.
Last fall I asked a candidate for office why she was a democrat and she told me that she was a champion for the underdog. I'm thinking the estranged wife here must not have counted as an underdog for the judge.