A man with ties to Webster County was sentenced to a 15-year prison sentence in December stemming from an April shooting incident involving a Madisonville police officer.
Jessie B. Gobin, 30, appeared in Hopkins County Circuit Court on December 12 and pled guilty to charges of attempted murder, being a felon in possession of a handgun and first-degree fleeing police.
According to the Madisonville Messenger, Madisonville Police Officer Ronald Latham tried to pull over Gobin in mid-April on Island Ford Road for operating a motor vehicle on a suspended license. Gobin reportedly fled and fired several shots at Latham from the driver’s side window. Gobin lost control near Nebo Road and Quinten Drive, overturned and was ejected him from the vehicle. Afterward, Gobin fled the scene on foot and was reportedly seen in the area of Thompson Avenue. He was located and taken into custody.
A 9mm semi-automatic firearm was recovered from the accident scene. Latham was not injured in the incident.
Court documents show other charges in the case, including second-degree fleeing police and disregarding a traffic control device, were dismissed by the Commonwealth.
In 2017, Gobin was named in a Pennyrile Task Force investigation into drug smuggling at the Webster County Detention Center. He was accused of having bribed jail personnel to assist in allowing contraband and other items (illegal drugs and tobacco) to be brought into the jail in Dixon.
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