A House Bill named in honor of a slain Bardstown Police
Officer strives to keep individuals convicted of murdering law enforcement
officers behind bars for life.
The Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Act, otherwise known as House
Bill 368, would set the minimum penalty for anyone convicted in the murder of a
law enforcement officer to life without parole.
Representative David Floyd (R-Bardstown) announced
the bill on Tuesday.
Jason Ellis, 33, was killed in the line of duty on May 15, 2013
According to authorities, a woman reported a fatal car accident on
a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp involving a police officer on May 15. Upon
arrival, a trooper discovered Ellis' body and determined he had been shot,
instead of the original report of a crash.
Police say Ellis did not have any radio communications with
dispatch in the minutes before his death. He worked second shift and was
in uniform in a marked police car on his way home from work when the incident
"The murder of Officer Ellis highlights the danger the men
and women of law enforcement across the Commonwealth face on a daily basis,
whether it's in a large city or a community like Bardstown," said Rep.
Floyd. "My bill places the lives of our police officers to the highest
possible level, and will hold anyone who is convicted of intentionally
murdering an officer to at least the rest of their lives behind bars."
Floyd proposes a new paragraph to the Kentucky Revised
Statutes. Under the definition of murder, the proposal states that anyone found
guilty of intentionally killing an on-duty local or state police officer,
sheriff, or deputy sheriff would face life in prison without any possibility of
The bill will be considered during the 2014 Regular
Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.