Northern Ky. man sentenced in pastor death

COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A northern Kentucky judge has sentenced a
man to 30 years for the shooting death of a Cincinnati pastor and
wounding of a church deacon as they arrived for a funeral last
year.

Kenton County Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan on Tuesday ordered
Frederick Davis of Covington to serve 20 years for first-degree
manslaughter and 10 years for first-degree attempted manslaughter.
The 41-year-old Davis will be eligible for parole in 19 years.

Davis was convicted in the death of Fairbanks, who was pastor of
New St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church in Cincinnati, and wounding
of deacon Dowdell Cobb.

The Kentucky Enquirer reports the judge had a second jury
consider whether the sentences should run concurrently,
consecutively or a combination of both. Sheehan said after reading
an obscure Kentucky Supreme Court opinion, he believed an error had
been made in not giving the first jury the option of a combination
sentence.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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