As soon as the court went into recess, Eaton’s grandmother hugged and kissed him. In the foyer, several hugged or shook hands with him.
Besides Eaton’s wife, at least 10 other of his family members had been in the courtroom along with several members of his wife’s family and at least half a dozen Barren County Sheriff’s Office staff members, but none of them commented.
True said he was “impressed with the judge’s handling of and his approach to it all,” and now he and Eaton would be thinking about the possibility of an appeal, which Eaton told the Daily Times on Wednesday he planned to pursue.
“I think that’s the plan,” True said, “but we’ll talk about that particularly now in light of today’s decision.”
Eaton had nothing to say after the proceeding as he was getting on the elevator at the William H. Natcher U.S. Courthouse in Bowling Green, and not much more than that by midafternoon when reached by telephone.
“I’ve been in this job 20 years and I have never been treated the way I’ve been treated, especially with the prosecutor standing up there today saying I’m a criminal and I’ll continue to be one,” Eaton said. “[According to the prosecution], ... [Minor’s] not going to be one, but I’m going to continue to be.”
He was referring to comments made after the judge posed the question as to whether the government felt the defendant was likely to commit future crimes.
Eaton said he was “just numb.”
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