An eastern Kentucky man is the first of five people expected to go on trial in a Clay County murder case.
Johnny Sizemore was found guilty of his role in the beating death of Gerald Sizemore.
The jury deliberated for close to two hours before finding Johnny Sizemore guilty of complicity charges.
Nearly a year after Gerald Sizemore was beaten to death one of the people charged in connection with the crime, Johnny Sizemore, a distant cousin to the victim was in court to hear his fate.
The jury recommended a 30 year sentence, but he would get credit for time already served.
“Thirty years for his involvement in this matter is a fair sentence and I know the family the victims family is also satisfied with this,” Gary Gregory said.
Defense Attorney Roger Gibbs did not want to talk on-camera but did tell us he was disappointed and heart broken after hearing the verdict.
Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Gregory says he learned more about Johnny Sizemore's involvement in the case through another inmate.
“We ultimately ascertained information from a person he had been in a jail cell with in Minnesota about Johnny Sizemore’s further involvement in this case specifically how he had assisted in holding down the victim while he was gruesomely beat to death,” Gregory said.
Three other men; Nathan McDaniel, Michael Lucky Sizemore, and Eugene Sizemore along with Gerald Sizemore's own wife... Bobbie Cheryl are still awaiting trial in connection with the murder.
“There was absolutely no justification for what's happened to Gerald Sizemore this was about as bad as a beating that I've seen in my 25 years as a practicing lawyer and there is justice that awaits more,” Gregory said.
No trial date is set for the others and it's still not clear if they will be tried together.
Gregory says all three men are facing murder charges while Bobbie Cheryl Sizemore faces a solicitation to murder charge.