Man indicted for holding family prisoner

Jack Latta
Staff Writer

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PRESTONSBURG — A Floyd County man who reportedly assaulted a man and held his own family hostage in January was indicted this week in Floyd County Circuit Court.

According to court records, Randall Charles Dotson Jr., 38, of Banner, was indicted on charges of first-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, seven counts of first-degree unlawful imprisonment, seven counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, and seven counts of terroristic threatening.

During the incident, Dotson was shot by his son, who authorities have said was acting in defense of himself and his family. Attorneys are not allowed to comment with regard to charges being filed against a juvenile, but after examining court records, no charges against Dotson’s son could be found.

County Attorney Keith Bartley told Times staff following the incident that, “He [the son] was clearly acting to defend himself and his family. [Dotson had] assaulted one person who was hospitalized for days. He [the son] may have actually saved his family from further serious injury and maybe even death.”

Dotson was arrested after being released from the hospital.

The original arrest warrant filed in January stated that Dotson assaulted his wife and 17-year-old son, before holding them and five other members of his family against their will. According to court documents, Dotson held his family at gunpoint and told them, “if anyone tried to leave he would kill them.” At some point during the altercation, Dotson was shot by his son. Dotson is also accused of assaulting his brother-in-law, Hank Boyd, with the butt of his shotgun.

Dotson is scheduled to be arraigned June 13 in Floyd County Circuit Court.


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