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Jalee Penix Turns Himself In

Jalee Penix. Image: Boyle County Detention Center.

Harrodsburg Man Charged With Robbery, Assault, Sexual Abuse

Robert Moore
Herald Staff

A Harrodsburg man wanted in connection to a shooting in February 2021 and an armed robbery and assault in October 2020 has turned himself in.

Jalee Man’tez De’yel Penix, 26, of Harrodsburg, surrendered himself to Boyle County Detention Center on Monday, July 12.

Authorities have been looking for Penix in connection to two crimes committed over the last year.

On Feb. 6, officers from the Harrodsburg Police Department arrested Penix and Madison Paige Releford, 23, also of Harrodsburg, in connection with a fight that broke out at the intersection of Cogar Avenue and Davies Street on Feb. 5.

One of the people involved in the dispute reported she had been assaulted at her home, according to the uniform citation, and that Releford pulled out a gun and fired it into the air.

Penix and Releford were charged with 4th-degree assault (minor injury), 2nd-degree wanton endangerment, trafficking in heroin, possession of drug paraphernalia and 3rd-degree possession of an unspecified controlled substance. Releford was also charged with 3rd-degree terrorist threatening.

In April, Penix and another man, Laron Walker, 28, of 354 Cornishville Street, were indicted for a robbery that happened last year. Penix and Walker are accused of entering a private residence and robbing the victims of $1,100 as well as a wallet and their phones.

Penix is also accused of sexually abusing one of the victims.

Walker was arrested in February and was released in May on a $10,000 bond, according to the jail website.

Penix is charged with two counts each of 1st degree robbery and 1st degree sexual abuse as well as 1st degree assault and 2nd degree assault. He was also served with two warrants for failure to appear dating back to October 2020. He is being held on bonds worth $50,000.

According to, he is also scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10.

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