Deputy Jailer Joe C. Lykins

Deputy Jailer Joe C. Lykins

Boyle County Detention Center, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, October 2, 1977

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Joe C. Lykins

Deputy Jailer Lykins suffocated to death after being overpowered and gagged during an escape attempt from the Boyle County Jail. Four inmates overpowered him, gagged him, and tied his head to cell bars during the escape shortly after 2300 hours. The gag that was placed in his mouth restricted his breathing. Several other inmates in the cell block at the time used a razor to free Deputy Jailer Lykins after the escaping inmates made their escape but were unable to resuscitate him.

The four inmates who were all apprehended within 24 hours, plead guilty to murder, and were sentenced to life in prison. One has a parole hearing on May 1, 2016.


  • Age 62
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Assault
  • Weapon Person
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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Rest in peace Deputy Jailer Lykins.

Rabbi Lewis S. Davis

January 15, 2022

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