Monday, April 9, 2007

Harrison Yonts sentencing

Harrison Yonts was sentenced this morning by Circuit Court Judge Dennis Foust to the originally recommended sentences of 20 years for wanton murder and one year for tampering with evidence, to be served concurrently. The defense motioned for a new trial and was denied that motion by Faust. The defense also moved to have the charge reduced at the discretion of the judge to manslaughter, to which Yonts would plead to receive a sentence of 10 years, parole-eligible after two. This motion was also denied.

The defense will appeal and has motioned to Foust for Yonts to be out on bail until appeal, which Foust deferred and will rule on in writing later in the week.

Check Friday's edition of The Murray State News for full details from the sentencing.