College student enters not guilty plea

October 24, 2015

CORRECTION: The headline in this story was misprinted, it should have said “College Student’s Case Continued”


A former Union College student, charged with terroristic threatening, was formally arraigned Thursday, Oct. 15.

Connor Kelley, 18, of was arrested Monday, Oct. 12, for leaving a threatening message in the men’s bathroom of Union’s library. Upon questioning, Kelley admitted to Barbourville Police Department that he had, indeed, written the message that read, ‘Kill them all tonight 9:00 p.m. Student Center OOP.”

Kelley was taken into custody just three hours after the message was found, though he was released on a $10,000 cash bond the next morning.

In his Thursday court date, Kelley’s Defense Attorney, David S. Hoskins, requested a continuance.

Kelley was issued a no-contact order, prohibiting him from Union College’s campus. In addition, Kelley must avoid any and all mass assemblies.

“This is a very serious matter,” explained District Judge Skip Hammons. “As a reflection, Class-D felonies are usually given a $5,000 cash bond, yours, however, was set at $10,000.”

Kelley’s next court appearance in scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17.