Former constable denied early release

Bobby Roy Justice

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A former Tennessee constable who was ordered to serve 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to a conspiracy to sell drugs in Pikeville, has been denied early release.

Bobby Roy Justice, 71, of Dandridge, Tennessee, began his prison sentence in 20-18. He had asked to released from prison due to his age, the risk of catching COVID-19, and his health conditions.

But a judge ruled yesterday that Justice does not meet the conditions for release.

The judge found that Justice had provided no evidence of a life-threatening medical condition or mental or physical impairment. And while he is old enough for an age-related release, the law requires prisoners first serve at least 30 years to qualify.

With time off for good behavior, Justice is projected to be released in August of 2026.