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County man indicted for eight felonies

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

General Manager

The Henry County Grand Jury has indicted a Henry County man on six counts of first degree rape, a class B felony.

Barry Lee Payton, 35, also was indicted on one count of attempted first degree rape and first degree sodomy.

According to the case file, the rapes occured from Oct. 6-11, and the attempted rape occured on Oct. 12, 2007.

Payton, who has a prior conviction on four charges of sexual abuse of a minor in March 2005, also was indicted for persistent felony offender in the second degree. At the time, Payton was sentenced to a total of 20 years with the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Payton's bond was set at $50,000 by Judge Karen Conrad on Jan. 10, and he remains lodged in the Carroll County Regional Detention Center.

In an unrelated case, the grand jury also indicted a 26-year old Worthville man for his third driving under the influence arrest, a class D felony.

On Nov. 10, Bradley S. Lewis, was stopped on Castle Highway in Defoe after a trooper observed Lewis' vehicle "crossing (the) center line several times."

According to the arrest citation, Lewis had a "strong odor of alcoholic beverage" and his speech was "slowed and elongated." The citation also states that Lewis' eyes were bloodshot and glazed and "had an abnormal pupil size." The citation also indicates Lewis was unable to complete a field sobriety test.

In a breathalyzer test on the scene, Lewis' blood alcohol level was .177, more than twice the legal limit.

Lewis also was indicted for driving with a suspended/revoked license, a class A misdemeanor, and reckless driving, a violation.

That second charge came in April 2007. In addition to his second DUI charge, Lewis also was convicted for driving with a suspended or revoked license, as well as failure to maintain insurance on his vehicle.

According to the case file, Lewis' first DUI conviction occurred in January 2004.

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