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Man who shot three could soon be free

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By RALPH B. DAVIS
East Kentucky Broadcasting (EKB)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Floyd County man convicted of attempted murder for shooting three people in Magoffin County could soon be set free, after serving less than seven years of a 20-year sentence.

Colonel Bolen, 51, of Garrett, pleaded guilty in 2013 to six counts of attempted murder.

Bolen admitted to shooting a woman six times at a Gunlock residence in 2011. After she was shot, she fled to nearby J and J General Store. Bolen followed her and began shooting once he arrived, striking two bystanders and shooting in the direction of three others.

Last week, a state parole board recommended he be freed, effective Feb. 1 — just one day shy of the seventh anniversary of the shootings. It was his third time seeking parole since his conviction. He was denied the first two times.

The shooting was not Bolen’s first bout of trouble in with the law. In 2003, he was indicted for assault, after he carried a gun into the Floyd County Justice Center. That case was ultimately dismissed, after he was found incompetent to stand trial.

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