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Assault 1st degree conviction in Laurel Circuit Court:

From Laurel County Sheriff John Root -

Vera Wooton - LCDC

On Wednesday September 11, 2019, a Laurel Circuit Court jury found 43 Vera Wooton of Woodland Court, London guilty of assault – first-degree.


The victim – her husband -John Wooton- received burns over 50% of his body and had allegedly been set on fire when she threw gas on him and threw a zippo lighter on him. Vera Wooton received a sentence of 10 years.

Background info:

Sheriff John Root reported that Detective Kyle Gray arrested Vera Wooten age 40 of Corbin on Monday night August 7, 2017 at approximately 9:35 PM.


The arrest occurred in London after an investigation was conducted by detectives and deputies regarding a domestic violence complaint that deputies were dispatched to off Woodland Court approximately 10 miles south of London on Monday night August 7, 2017 at approximately 8:03 PM.


When deputies arrived at the scene, they learned that apparently Vera Wooten had poured gasoline on her husband and set him on fire following a domestic dispute and an altercation.


She then allegedly drove him to St. Joseph Hospital London for treatment. Cincinnati's burn center sent their helicopter to St. Joseph Hospital London to transport the victim to their burn center since it is specially equipped for burn patients. The victim has burns over 50% of his body and is listed in critical condition. The victim is identified as: John Wooten. Vera Wooten is charged with assault – first-degree – domestic violence and was lodged in the Laurel County detention Center.

Detectives and deputies assisting at the scene and on the investigation and arrest included: Laurel Sheriff's Detective Chris Edwards, Sgt. Robbie Grimes, Deputy Travis Napier, Deputy Daniel Grigsby, Deputy Taylor McDaniel, and CSO Brent France.

Keavy Volunteer Fire Department and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County were on standby.

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