Meet the prosecutors of the Ninth Circuit Commonwealth Attorney's office

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By Sarah Bennett

Shane Young’s staff is the same size as the current commonwealth attorney’s staff. They take office Jan. 1.

Young said he “handpicked” his staff, which includes four full-time prosecutors and two part-time.

As he approached attorneys, Young looked for lawyers of different backgrounds who possessed “good courtroom presence,” he said.

Nearly all of the attorneys on staff have experience prosecuting and defending, which Young said allows them to see “both sides of the fence.”

Shane Young

  • Lives in Cecilia.
  • History: Young clerked for the Louisville Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney from 1996 to 1998 before being appointed to assistant commonwealth’s attorney. From 2003 to 2005, he served as division chief of the Louisville’ offices narcotics unit. In 2005, Young entered private practice in Elizabethtown, working for Lewis and Preston law firm. He accepted a position as assistant county attorney earlier this year.
  • Position: Elected as Ninth Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney.
  • “My one rule is just to do justice. Do your job every day — if that means letting somebody go or if that means putting someone in prison for life.”

Chris McCreery

  • Lives in Elizabethtown.
  • History: McCreery spent four years at the Elizabethtown Department for Public Advocacy trial office. While there, he served as one of Michael St. Clair’s defense attorneys. For the last 2.5 years, he’s served as assistant county attorney.
  • Position: First Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney.
  • “I have extensive trial work. I’ve involved in lots of high-profile trials … I think I’ll be handling for the most part trials, which is what I enjoy most about my job.”

Eric Carr

  • Lives in Elizabethtown.
  • History: Carr clerked for Hardin Circuit Court judges Ken Howard and Kelly Mark Easton from 2007 to 2009. In 2009, he accepted a prosecuting position in current Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Shaw’s office. He is the only staff member of Shaw’s office joining Young’s staff.
  • Position: Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with a focus on drug crimes.
  • “I lost my brother to a drug overdose, so it’s something that I dealt with personally in my life, in my family. It’s something I feel very strongly about.”

Teresa E. Logsdon

  • Lives in Elizabethtown.
  • History: Logsdon has worked since 1999 as a private attorney at Lonneman, Blair, Logsdon & Burnette in Elizabethtown. She primarily has worked in juvenile and family courts.
  • Position: Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney with a focus on cases involving child abuse.
  • “It is something I’ve worked my whole career for with my work in juvenile court; however, leaving where I’m at is a sad proposition … While leaving Lonneman, Blair, Logsdon & Burnette is sad, I am honored to be an assistant commonwealth’s attorney working on these sensitive crimes in our community.”

Teresa Young

  • Lives in Cecilia.
  • History: Shane Young’s wife, Teresa Young did appellate work for 11 years at the Louisville Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. She accepted a position earlier this year as assistant county attorney.
  • Position: Young will be working part time at the Hardin County Attorney’s Office and Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, where she will do “general support” for the staff including appellate work and motion practice.
  • “If you spend all day in court and then you get some novel issue that somebody throws at you … you don’t have a whole day to spend looking at that, trying to figure out what the answer is. I hope it provides support to everybody and makes everyone a better attorney in court.”

Larry Holbert

  • History: According to Shane Young, Holbert retired from the Elizabethtown Department of Public Advocacy trial office. Though this is Holbert’s first turn as a prosecutor, Young said he has tried “all kinds of cases,” including death penalty cases.
  • Position: Holbert will be working as a part-time prosecutor who Young hopes will provide some long-term experience to the staff.