Guilty plea in Russell County murder of pregnant mother of three

JAMESTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Not long after Chrstopher Allman was indicted on murder, fetal homicide, kidnapping, robbery, then rape charges; Sarah Hart’s family said they wanted Allman to receive the death penalty. But today, Allman pleaded guilty to the eight-count indictment.

With Allman’s admission in court, the recommendation will be for him to spend life in prison with no parole.

“If a jury imposes a sentence, you are still dealing with endless numbers of appeals, that’s what takes up so much time,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Matthew Leveridge.

The prosecutor says while the family did push for death, the reality is that any capital punishment would take decades to actually happen. But a plea ends any chance of appeal.

“In this case, they decided that, knowing he would never get out of prison, he will die in prison,” said Leveridge.

Allman pleaded guilty to a total of eight charges in two indictments. Police say they had a lot of evidence including Allman’s DNA they found at the scene just of US 127 in Jamestown.

The prosecutor also says they had evidence that as many as 50 people saw Allman in the area after Hart disappeared after jogging with her sister just after 5 a.m. on June 14th. And Allman wasn’t necessarily a stranger to Hart and her sister.

“They he had seen them several times before. And in fact had seen them that morning,” said Leveridge.

Allman will be back in court May 6th for his final sentencing.

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