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Puncheon man allegedly abuses grandparents


PUNCHEON – A Magoffin man is behind bars for allegedly abusing his grandparents.

According to the warrant, Magoffin County Sheriff Department Officer Bryan Tipton received a report of ongoing elder abuse. He wrote that according to statements from the grandparents of Courtney Lee Risner, 39, of South Puncheon Creek, on July 31, Risner allegedly grabbed his grandmother by the right arm and threw her on the bed. He reportedly then punched a hole in the bathroom door. On July 23, he allegedly made his grandfather, who has early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s, go outside and weed-eat in the heat, and when he was not happy with the job, Risner reportedly punched him in the chest. Then on August 1, he allegedly made his grandmother write two checks for $300 and $250, one for money to go to the doctor and another to pay his child support. 

Tipton also wrote that several other occurrences similar to the above allegations have happened since November 1, 2018, with Risner repeatedly intimidating and threatening his grandparents, saying he will hurt them or anyone else who interferes with him in order to get money from them. 

According to the warrant, Risner’s grandmother is 82 and grandfather is 84.

The warrant for Risner was issued at 2:50 p.m. on August 1, he was arrested at his home the same day at 4:48 p.m., and taken to the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.

He is currently facing two counts of knowingly abuse/neglect of adult by person, a Class C felony.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled in the case for August 12 at 9:15 a.m. at the Magoffin County Justice Center. 

Editor's Note: The indictment or charge of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


Heather Oney

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