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Deputy Sheriff John H. Mays | Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

Deputy Sheriff

John H. Mays

Knox County Sheriff's Office, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, September 2, 1922

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 41

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Deputy Sheriff John Mays was shot and killed while attempting to arrest two brothers at the Locust Grove Church, just over the county line in Whitley County.

The two brothers were arrested by the Whitley County sheriff and subsequently sentenced to life in prison. One was pardoned on September 18, 1924, by Governor W. J. Fields because he had tuberculosis. He died four days later. The other brother was eventually released and was killed September 28, 1937, victim of a hit and run accident. A third brother and their father were convicted of conspiracy and also received prison terms.

Deputy Mays was survived by his wife.

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John Henry - your family has never forgotten your loss. Your niece, Maude nee Balsinger, would tell us stories about you - of what she could remember of those days. You were her hero.

Billy Ray Chitwood
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August 4, 2014


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