Cox’s Creek man faces 10 years in prison for drug overdose death of Bardstown man


Saturday, January 8, 2022 – A man from Cox’s Creek was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Thursday, January 6, 2022 for his role in the death of a Bardstown man from a drug overdose in March 2020.


Robert Estel Girdley, 36, was one of three people arrested on November 24, 2020 for the Bardstown man’s overdose.

The Bardstown Police investigation revealed that on March 15, 2020, Girdley was selling cocaine and heroin to the Bardstown man who later died of an overdose.

When arrested, he was charged with second degree manslaughter; Trafficking in controlled substances (heroin); Trafficking in first degree controlled substances (less than 4 grams of cocaine); Possession-controlled substance of the first degree (methamphetamine); and falsely report an incident.

Girdley pleaded guilty for reckless homicide in a charge in Nelson Circuit Court Thursday; a case of trafficking in a controlled substance, heroin; and one is trading in controlled substances of the first degree.

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Special Prosecutor’s Office was handling the case.

Judge Charles Simms sentenced Girdley to 10 years in state prison. Girdley cannot be paroled until he has served at least 50 percent of his sentence.


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