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Family Pleads To Have Alleged Abuser Charged With More Felonies

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Family Pleads To Have Alleged Abuser Charged With More Felonies

Tonight a deal is in the works involving an evansville man accused of torturing the mother of his children for hours at gun point and allegedly setting her car on fire.

Good evening, i'm amanda decker.

And i'm macleod hageman - welcome to 44 news at nine.

The plea deal would help kenneth kirby the third - by reducing his eight felony charges to three.

44news reporter amanda porter talked with the survivor and has more on this story.


In march of 20-18, morgan clark escaped what was called a domestic violence attack that left her beaten, bruised, and trapped in her car that was later found burning.

Clark is recovering, but says she's afraid that her ex boyfriend kenneth kirby the third will harm her again.

And that a plea deal could endanger her and her children... morgan clark says the only peace she has is knowing kenneth kirby the third is behind bars.

In march of 20-18, court documents show clark was being held at a home against her will where she suffered abuse at the hands of her children's father, kenneth kirby.

Morgan, fearing for her life was reportedly held at gun point after sustaining bruises and facial lacerations.

"i was able to escape my own car."

The clark family is confused why kirby is only facing three charges.

"i think its ridiculous.

I think its ludicrous."

Police say kirby is no stranger to the law.

He was arrested in 2014 for a home invasion and again in 2017 for a police chase.

"now he has tried to kill her and he almost succeeded.

And he got it dropped down to just battery when he held a gun to her head the whole time and he beat her over and over with a gun the whole time tortured her for six hours."

The clark family says the justice system failed morgan.

"i lost everything when he took my car and burnt it up.

Right now i don't have a way to take my kids to the doctor or even get a job right now so that is tough on me."

"i'm scared for whenever he gets out and i already have a restraining order but i don't know if there is a such thing as a lifetime one because that would be nice."

The clarks believe the plea deal doesn't go far enough to protect their family.

"it scares me half to death i do have a gun permit and have security cameras."

Its not just a plea for help for just morgan, but for all women surviving domestic violence.

"we need help.

We don't know where to start.

We don't know what to do."

"hopefully the judge and the prosecutor will see this and not let the plea deal go through."

The clark family will be at kirby's court date tomorrow.

Kirby could potentially plead guilty, accept the plea deal and be sentenced.

If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.


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