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5/15/2011 6:00:00 AM
Convict father casts shadow at sentencing
Ali Ketchner will serve 30 months for assault
Ali Ketchner
Ali Ketchner

Erin Taylor
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - A 22-year-old woman's high-profile convict father was the gorilla in the room during her sentencing hearing on charges that she ran down a teenage girl earlier this year.

Ali Ketchner was sentenced to 2½ years in prison Friday after pleading guilty to a single count of aggravated assault for running over a 17-year-old girl during an argument in front of the victim's home in February.

Ketchner is the daughter of 53-year-old Darrell Ketchner, an ex-convict who faces the death penalty if convicted for barging into his ex-girlfriend's home in 2009 and attacking her and her family as they sat around the kitchen table after attending the city fireworks display.

Ariel Allison, 18, was stabbed to death when she came to the defense of her mother. The girl's mother, Jennifer Allison, survived the attack despite being shot in the head at point-blank range.

Ketchner has been in and out of prison throughout the years on drug offenses and other charges. He has more than 30 cases in the Mohave County Superior Court alone.

The Ketchner family's problems were detailed briefly by Ali Ketchner's mother and stepfather as they appealed on Ali's behalf for probation. Debbie Abshere, Darrell's ex-wife, and her children, including Ali, were witnesses to the December 1992 murder of a 36-year-old woman and her alleged lover by the woman's estranged husband, Dr. Michael Kogianes.

Ali's stepfather said Darrell's problems have had a deep effect on the family's lives.

"His actions created a living hell for all three (Ketchner girls) and any relative around him," Jim Hill said.

Hill said Ali went to live with Darrell in Mesa after his release from prison when she was 17. She stayed there for around 14 months, and Hill said there were at least five occasions where Darrell "beat her and left her stranded wherever he pushed her out of the car."

Ali was also said to be profoundly affected when her older sister, Ashley, was struck by a car driven by an 81-year-old man in the parking lot of Walmart in 2004. The Ketchners said Ashley was dragged for more than 300 feet and suffered third degree burns from the asphalt as well as numerous broken bones.

Ali Ketchner told Judge Stephen Conn before her sentence was handed down that she would never have intentionally done the same thing to someone else. She maintains that in her case, the victim was dragged only because she was holding onto the car while Ali tried to leave. She pleaded guilty pursuant to Alford to the aggravated assault charge, which is similar to a no-contest plea.

The victim suffered a broken finger and severe road rash. She was reportedly angry with Ali for coming over to her house to meet someone else that lived there.

Both Ali's mother and stepfather agreed that Ali has failed to develop coping skills and lashes out in anger in response to tragedy, including the death of Ariel Allison, whom Ali considered a sister. In her arrest report, Ali wrote, "I am very close with my family. (I) just lost my sister July 4, 2009, so I try to repay family by not using drugs and staying clean."

"She has to get the devil out of her as to what's eating her up," Abshere told the court.

Hill appealed to the judge to grant Ali probation so he could take her out of town to work on her problems.

Conn acknowledged that Darrell Ketchner's actions have no doubt affected Ali, but he added that Ali Ketchner had already been sentenced to prison before and was released from community supervision just a month before she was arrested on the assault charges.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Article comment by: ali ketchner

You people are so lame none of you know what happened when that girl jumped on my car,and as for my dad he has nothing to do with anything i have done, people chose there destiny. Did i deserve prison tome nope but it taught me a life lesson and made me a stronger person than any of you lame gossip freaks will ever be. Im proud of m family and i pray nothing ever happens to your family like it did mine. Karma sucks and you should really watch before you judge or talk about ANYONE!!!!!!!!!

Posted: Monday, September 26, 2011
Article comment by: g shizz

wow good old kingman! I just read bits and pieces of the do you people sleep at night... seriously im ashamed to have grown up in kingman....

Posted: Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Article comment by: Mark Q.

First off all the dad should of never been mention. Poeple think just because her dad has a bad record she got what she got. Ali ran someone over even if the person got a broken finger and a road rash she still remembers a really bad memory and I will never like to know that experience Ali plead to a agreement and said she did it she got her time in jail end of story. Hopefully she learns and becomes a better person. Now people making up different story saying they ask the hospital and the girl was trying to get attention let's be real the girl is there and pretty sure she can show you and tell you. Why make up a story she did what she did and got what she got. PERIOD

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Article comment by: Penny for your thoughts

To "my thoughts": You clearly were not at the hearing becuz if you had been, you would have known that it was Ali's family who kept bringing up Darrell to demonstrate everything Ali has been through and that maybe she deserves some consideration for that. No one is blaming any of the Ketchner children for their father's actions. [Deleted].

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Article comment by: desert lifer

To "my thoughts"

I understand YOU believe the Miner is giving the family a bad name. However, did it dawn on you maybe, just maybe, the family members are giving the family a bad name??

By the way, a little off topic, but does anyone who posts here know how to spell. Seems as if very few do. The Miner should add an option of being able to spell check prior to posting.

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Article comment by: my thoughts

@ Hot Topic
Most news isn't pleasant to read, but at least journalists can get stories across without bashing or being biast as this journalist did. This article is horribly written. I also understand her father was mentioned in court, but how he was mentioned in this artcle, when people were not quoting talking about him was horrible. I have known the Ketchner family for several years and am close friends to them, there are members of the family who have had struggles and have done wrong, many times, but the miner is giving their entire family a horrible name. Like Sherrie said, enough is enough, we all have heard about Darrell's case...write about something else and leave it alone until maybe something newsworthy in the case happens!

Posted: Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Article comment by: Carolyn Amador

I was in jail with Ali in 2008 and went to anger management classes with her. Help obviously doesn't solve her problems.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Toby Christensen

@ no name provided
"go to KRMC and ask bout the incident "
Yes, let's all go to the hospital and ask them to violate Federal HIPAA laws.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Cuca McClod Hopper

Girl(s) gone wild.
That could be the headline to some of these drama-packed Kingman news stories that I read in the Miner. Thankfully there was not a baby in the vehicle or otherwise involved in this incident.

Yes, these are REAL people with real emotions and feelings. Yes, the pain, scars, court appearances (or refusal to show up), jail & prison time are real. The victims suffer. Guns, drugs, alcohol, cars and danger. The anger fueled young victims become adult criminals. Their cars become weapons or escape/ditch rides. Bitter emotions stew and brew seeking an outlet.
The cycle repeats.

When is this family violence going to end?
The Daily Miner is there to keep us posted.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: desert lifer

Wow, Sherrie. You should tell them to stay out of the limelight, a.k.a. jail, and they won't be in the newspaper. It would stand to reason if they are not in the paper because they are committing crimes, no one will comment. Just a thought.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: V Stokes

Everyone who's complaining about the was HER family that brought the family history up in the courtroom. Of course the reporter had to at least give some of the background info for clarity.

Look at any story about some celebrity child or sibling...they almost always mention the family and any similar historical issues...

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Marie C.

Kuu McConkey-
Yes i agree that Ali's father should have not been mentioned, he had nothing to do with this case.But i happen to KNOW THE VICTIM and her Family. The victim does not want attention! How dare you think you know her! Just becuase you knew Ali and want to stick up for her does not mean its okay what she did. Now if you are paying any attention you would know that ALI ACCEPTED A PLEA AGGREMENT meaning she ADMITTED to this crime. The victim went through alot more than a broken finger and road rash, you try being drug by a car. It hurts, even if no major bones are broken. Would you have had more sympothy for the victim if she was dead? And yes your right no one knows what really happend so who are you to side? Have you spoke with Ali or the victim?

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Kuu McConkey

@ Marie C.- Honestly, no one knows what really happened that night besides the ppl that were there. And im sure no one Ali knew was there to confirm her side of the story, so they took a little 17 year olds word and her little groupies. I do agree that she needs counceling etc. just ppl need to look at it as "Ali's" case not her fathers. Also, I wont show any remorse for the 17 yr old because all these kids lie to get attention and theyre always the ones to start the drama. So, she got 2/1,2 years to get over it. I love Ali and I'm going to stick up for her all the way. Its my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Sherrie Finch

Just to let the Kingman Daily Miner, the way you have handled Ali's case I would not pay to have this garbage paper in my home! How dare you use Ali's case to bring up her Father. Can you not leave it alone, I feel that you have helped ruined this girls name! Yes she has some major issues, she needs HELP not to be judged!! Ali is going to do her time, she realizes she has made some major mistakes in her life but she is willing to do what she has to! Leave her and the family alone!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!! Also for all of those who have their opinions and are willing to speak their minds so freely, step up to the plate and let us know who you are! I am so personally sick of all this junk leave my sister and neices alone, they are not a side show!! They are human and have feelings like all the rest of us! Leave them alone!!

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Who's the victim here?

Have you guys completely forgotten that she is the CRIMINAL who hit someone with a car?? This kind of animal belongs behind bars!! She did the crime why should she not do the time? Yes she probably will come out just as bad and return to prison, but that is where she needs to be, not out walking the streets of Kingman thinking she is above the law because of her "tragic" life.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Hot Topic

@ my thoughts,

First of all, why would you think news should be pleasant to read. There are many unpleasant things that have to be reported.

You need more information before you bash the reporter. Ali's defense attorney is who dragged Darrell's name into the hearing and also brought in many witnessess to testify about the history of this family and everything Darrell has done. [Deleted]. Ali has had many run ins with the law that have not been reported.


Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Crystal Seitz

Wow! I was good friends with Ali back in Jr. high, she was always ruff around the edges but was a good person if you got to know her. I hope that Ali gets the help she needs, i do believe prison is not place for her. She needs help, counseling etc. and lots of it. She is angry inside and needs to let it out but her ways are DEFINITELY the wrong ones. I think prison will only make her more angry and hateful. Its terrible to see childhood friends in the paper like this. I wish her a better way and hope that in her future she has a happy life.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Please People

She needs help, not prison she will get out worse then she went in, Mohave Mental Health is where she needs to be, but that's not where she is going so my hope for her and for us she gets help.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: my thoughts

Erin Taylor, please realize the crimes are not linked, you do not need to bring up Darrell's case anytime you report on Ali. What happens if one of his children does something going to ruin their article by bringing up that their dad is an ex-convict and on trial?? Keep things separate, focus soley on the person who is on trial...don't bring family history in...might make your articles a little more pleasant to read.

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: a.s. isme

I think the justice system has failed where this family is conscerned-[deleted] Maybe if these children had grown up knowing that all involved with dad had to do the time too their lives wouldn't have ended up SO traumatized and they would have had more respect for law enforcement. Of course for that to have happened those kids would have wittnessed other family members being sentenced along with their dad!! [Deleted].

Posted: Monday, May 16, 2011
Article comment by: Marie C.

Ali's father has absolutley nothing to do with what Alli did.I happen to know that judge Conn said that Ali's sentence had nothing to do with her father he was going by Ali's plea aggrement to Agravated Assault that she agreed to a class 4 felony. I dont see anyone thinking about the victim. Yes, Alli has seemed to have a troubled life, but that is no excuse for her actions. I am a friend of the victims family, and happen to know that the victim is scarred for life. To and a half years is nothing for what she did.
-Kuu McConkey i think its very nieve of you not to show any concern for the vitim just because Ali is a friend of yours.
People seem to forget that Ali is responsible for her own actions.

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Article comment by: Disappointed in Kingman

Kingman Daily Miner, you should be ashamed of this reporting. There is absolutely no journalistic integrity in these stories and I have to question your ethics. If you are even attempting at some sort of fair and unbiased reporting, you are failing miserably. You might as well create a new section of the newspaper that reports solely on Kingman families and their personal struggles. Writing stories like this only makes the Kingman Daily Miner look like a gossip Web site parading around as a reputable news source.

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Article comment by: Blind Justice

My question is whether Ali's statement was true about the victim continuing to hold onto the car while Ali was trying to leave? IF this statement is true, then I would think the victim was partly responsible for her own accident Perhaps Ali was trying to avoid escalation of their conflict by leaving, but the victim was attempting to continue their argument? If this is the scenario, then I think Ali's sentence is way too severe. BUT if Ali's statement is false, then her current sentence should include counseling for its duration.

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Article comment by: Kingman Resident

This girl received the sentence that she deserved...It have to admit that it could of been longer!! I hope the prison doesn't let her out early. Her defense needs to quit blaming her Father for her problems...she knows the differance between right and wrong. She doesn't even acknowledge that she hurt the victim! She says it happened because the girl held onto the car. Mom needs a reality check too...leaving town isn't the answer. [Deleted] Please leave Ariel out of this....[deleted].

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2011
Article comment by: Jamie West

Well, here is a shining example of someone that should NOT be given the opportunity to engage in further criminal activities, irrespective of their own familial shortcomings.

"Conn acknowledged that Darrell Ketchner's actions have no doubt affected Ali, but he added that Ali Ketchner had already been sentenced to prison before and was released from community supervision just a month before she was arrested on the assault charges."

Ali Ketchner apparently has neither capacity nor the interest to learn from her past actions, and now we, as a society, through the agency of the courts, are being asked to grant probation for the heinous act that this woman committed. Without regard for whatever tribulations she may have suffered at the hands of her own family, society has a right to demand that we be protected from out-of-control persons such as this.
All of us have events in our past that have left us angry, resentful and bitter to one degree or another, but we hardly take this as a license to run over people without paying for our own actions. [Deleted.]

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