Judge Orders Suspects Held In Alleged Hate Crime Attack

May 15, 2012

LONDON, Ky.  _ A federal magistrate judge has ordered two eastern Kentucky men charged with a hate crime in an alleged attack on a gay man held until a June trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Hanly A. Ingram on Tuesday found that 20-year-old Anthony Ray Jenkins of Partridge has a history of ``violent and life threatening behavior'' and bail is not warranted.

U.S. Attorney's spokesman Kyle Edelen said 37-year-old Jason David Jenkins of Cumberland will also remain in custody.  They are charged with kidnapping, assault and violating the hate crime law.

Anthony Jenkins' wife, Alexis Jenkins, and sister, Mable Jenkins, have pleaded guilty and are scheduled to be sentenced in August.

Federal prosecutors say this is the first federal case charging a violation of a hate crime law passed in 2009.