Wrongful Death Suit In 1994 UK Football Player Death

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - The man who pleaded guilty in the shooting death of University of Kentucky football player Trent DiGiuro is now fighting a wrongful-death lawsuit from DiGiuro's family.

Shane Ragland was accused of targeting DiGiuro in revenge for keeping him out of a fraternity. He was convicted of murder in 2002 and sentenced to 30 years in prison, but he won a new trial. Rather than face a new trial he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

The plea deal was for time served and an additional three days of home incarceration.

Ragland's attorney says his client's guilty plea does not automatically establish liability for the 1994 slaying. He says a jury should decide whether Ragland is liable.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by John Location: KY on Oct 30, 2007 at 12:55 PM
    He only pleaded guilty to get out of his sentance, If he really did not do the crime and his parents are willing to pay for his attorney fees, then he should not have plead guilty. That just shows you that you can commit a crime and if you have enough money you can get away with the crime, and if you dont have money then you will be in prison for the rest of your natural life. I'm not saying Ragland is guilty, because I do not have a clue if he is guilty or not, But it's pretty convenient that he pleads guilty so he can get reduced time in jail and serve out with no penalty's other than the guilt that he has to live with if he did this horrible crime. I hope he gets what is coming to him if he did this. GOD will be his judge and jury if he did this. Good luck Mr and Mrs. DiGiuro.
  • by Ponder Location: Campus on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:58 AM
    Not Guilty. He should have let Ray put him on trial again. Larson had the lying FBI agent on the stand that later admitted she lied about the lead content of the bullet and ballistic's. No one ever saw him at or around the crime scene or pulling the trigger for that matter. Reasonable doubt folks.
  • by noone Location: ky on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:53 AM
    take him for all of daddys money,couse the money done went and bought him a walk
  • by jake Location: richmond on Oct 30, 2007 at 11:26 AM
    take his trust fund and his inheritence...what a clown this guy is..his father is even worse for buying him out of prison..we traded a great young man in trent for this (edited) are you kidding me..hopefully he will get his punishment in the next life we let him off here!!!!

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