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Failure to appear leads to forfeiture of $25,000 cash bond

By Eugenia Jones

It was a costly decision on the part of Defendant Bonnie Wilson of Burnside when she failed to appear in McCreary County Circuit Court on September 13, 2021.  Wilson, who was indicted for burglary in the second degree by allegedly unlawfully entering the residence of Peyton Lucas, Whitley City on or about February 16, 2021, was released on a cash bond for $25,000 posted by Danny R. Dalton (Franklin, Ohio) on August 24, 2021.  Conditions of the cash bond were that there be no further violations of law and to make all scheduled appearances. 

As a result of Wilson’s failure to appear on September 13, Commonwealth’s Attorney Ronnie L. Bowling filed a September 22 motion.  In his motion, Bowling asked the Court to revoke and forfeit Wilson’s cash bond and remand her to custody.

In a hearing on October 11, 2021, McCreary County Circuit Court Judge Paul K. Winchester ruled in favor of the motion by revoking and forfeiting Wilson’s bond to the state.  Judge Winchester also ordered that $19,285.95 of the $25,000 bond be applied toward restitution to Peyton Lucas for damages or loss caused by the Defendant.  Restitution will paid through the Circuit Court Clerk’s office with a 5% service fee.  

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