LEBANON, Ky. (WKYT) - Questions still loom for sisters Anita Elder and Regina Ewing more than a year after their brother was killed.
“Why did you have to shoot him twice?” Ewing asked, while reading from a statement she had written for DeWayne Shipp’s sentencing in Marion Circuit Court.
Deputy Anthony Rakes was gunned down as he stepped out to check on a driver in the early morning hours of November 14, 2012.
“Why didn’t you give my brother a chance to help you?” Ewing asked.
Sheriff Jimmy Clements believes his lawman was ambushed, saying it took only 40 seconds from the time Rakes stopped until Shipp fired on him.
“He knew what he was going to do. Because that is a very short amount of time to pass to walk to Shipp’s car,” said Sheriff Clements to reporters after the sentencing.
There was no change in the recommended sentence of life in prison. The Sheriff says he believes Shipp will die behind bars.
“I hope some day with God’s help I can forgive you,” sister Anita Elder said during the court hearing. “But not now. You have destroyed my life forever.”
Rakes family had at first pushed for the death penalty. Shipp pleaded guilty to the murder charge in December.
“Don’t think this is fair. What I would give for one more time with him,” said Elder.
Shipp has been in jail ever since his arrest several hours after the shooting. The state department of corrections will determine where he will serve.