PRESTONSBURG — Formal sentencing has been established for Jason Dickerson, who was convicted in June on all the counts he faced — murder for the death of Watson Adkins and four counts of abuse for Watson and his siblings.
The jury recommended a life sentence for the murder conviction and 10 years for each count of abuse, the maximum allowable sentence for each charge, to run consecutively. At formal sentencing, Floyd County Commonwealth Attorney Brent Turner says that while the sentences were kept, they will instead be run concurrently.
Turner says it’s not unusual, and does not represent any kind of leniency in the matter, but rather is a logical necessity. If Dickerson spends the rest of his life in jail for the murder charge, he cannot possibly spend another 40 years incarcerated afterward.
“I’d say we’re satisfied with the sentence,” Turner said. “The jury made their recommendation, and the judge went along with it as would be expected—there’s not much more to be asked for.”
Charges against Jason’s wife Gladys Dickerson are still pending. The oldest child is now in the custody of his biological father. The other two children are again in the custody of their biological mother, Rhoda Lewis, who had temporarily lost them due to a drug problem.