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Suspect Who Led Police On High-Speed Chase Pleads Guilty


A suspect who led police in Kentucky and Indiana on a high-speed chase before he was shot several times has pleaded guilty to several charges. Trent Marion entered the pleas during a bond hearing Tuesday morning.

Marion was shot by Indiana police in January 2006 in the grassy median of Interstate 64 after a high-speed chase that ended near Corydon, Indiana.

The chase started in Louisville after a robbery at the Kroger store in Portland on January 20 and ended when officers from the Floyd County Sheriff's Department placed stop sticks on I-64 and deflated the tires of the sport-utility vehicle Marion was driving about 10 miles after it crossed the Ohio River from Louisville.

But police say Marion continued driving, until police squad cars surrounded his vehicle about eight miles later near Corydon and tried to force him to stop. Marion then allegedly drove toward an officer who was on foot. That's when officers opened fire, striking him several times.

No officers were injured, and Marion, who was unarmed, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville with gunshot wounds to the right eye and both wrists.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mac Shannon says Marion pled guilty to a long list of charges, including second degree robbery, wanton endangerment, two counts of criminal mischief, third degree assault for assaulting police officers, resisting arrest, fleeing and evading.

Marion could face up to 30 years in prison. He will remain under house arrest until his next court date in October.

The prosecutor says he does not believe Marion is a flight risk, and the injuries he received in the shooting require ongoing medical care.