Convicted Felon Chase Garvey Kills Four in Kentucky Mass Shooting: Probation Failures Exposed by Officials

Kenton County, Kentucky – A tragic incident unfolded in Florence early Saturday morning when a 21-year-old man, identified as Chase Garvey, opened fire at a 21st birthday party, killing four people and injuring three others before taking his own life. The Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kenton County is now shedding light on why Garvey was out of jail when the shooting occurred.

According to Florence Police, the deceased victims include Delaney Eary, 19, Hayden Rybicki, 20, Melissa Parrett, 44, and Shane Miller, 20. The three individuals who were injured are currently in stable condition.

Rob Sanders, the prosecutor in Garvey’s case, revealed that Garvey was a convicted felon still on probation at the time of the shooting. Sanders expressed regret over not being able to prevent the tragedy if there were any indications beforehand.

In August 2021, Garvey, who was then 18 years old, was arrested for the rape and sodomy of a 13-year-old girl in Fort Mitchell. Sanders mentioned that Garvey had no prior criminal record until that arrest, highlighting the severity and suddenness of his actions.

The decision not to take the case to trial was influenced by the victim’s mother, who did not want her daughter to undergo the trauma of testifying in court. As a result, the case was resolved with a lesser charge, still making Garvey a convicted felon and legally prohibited from possessing firearms.

Despite receiving five years of probation, Garvey’s probation was violated once for a traffic offense, leading to a short jail term. Sanders revealed that efforts were made to have Garvey incarcerated, but the outcome did not align with the prosecution’s intentions.

The judge’s decision to assign only 30 days in jail instead of revoking Garvey’s entire sentence raised questions about the adequacy of the legal system’s response to individuals like Garvey. The case has sparked discussions about reforming probation policies and ensuring more stringent enforcement measures for convicted felons.

The tragic events in Florence serve as a stark reminder of the complexities and challenges in managing individuals with criminal histories, raising concerns about public safety and the need for comprehensive evaluation and monitoring of those on probation. The community mourns the loss of lives while grappling with the aftermath of a senseless act of violence that has left lasting scars.