According to the report, Ronald Keith Blanton, 1766 Eveleigh Cemetery Road, pleaded guilty, but mentally ill to the charges of falsely reporting an incident, wanton endangerment in the first degree, and fraudulent insurance acts over $300.
Under Blanton’s plea agreement on December 2, Commonwealth’s Attorney Susan Streible recommended that he be probated for 12 months. In exchange for no jail time Blanton will enter a secure mental health treatment facility for at least two weeks in January 2009.
During this time Blanton will be supervised by Probation and Parole, throughout the entire treatment period, and remain compliant with all medical treatment recommendations made by his provider.
The incident occurred in November when the Leitchfield Fire Department, Grayson County Sheriff, and Kentucky State Police had responded to a 911 call of an intruder in Blanton’s home.
Blanton claimed he had arrived home to find an intruder in his house. The intruder had reportedly attacked Blanton with a knife before fleeing the scene.
Blanton then noticed later that his storage building was engulfed in flames, and he called to report the incident.
He had originally entered a not guilty plea to the charges, but under counsel advisement changed his plea to guilty but mentally ill.