A northern Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to murdering his parents learned his sentence in court today.

A Grant County judge sentenced Russell Bramlage to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 20 years. The sentence was part of a plea deal.

Bramlage admitted to killing his parents, Lynda and Terry Bramlage, inside their Williamstown home back in November of 2007. In a taped confession, Bramlage told police he just snapped.

Investigators say the couple had been dead for a couple of days, before their bodies were found.

Wednesday in court, Bramlage didn't offer any reason as to why he committed the murder.

"There is stuff I want to say, but I don't want to say it in open court. And people who need to hear it will," said Bramlage.

Many family members were on hand for the final phase of this case. Bramlage's uncle says if the 23-year old can turn his life around in jail, then he will support him when he becomes eligible for parole.

"That's something that's between us and him. We've all spent time with him, and that's private," said Bill Schile.

Bramlage also has a court date for charges stemming from an incident in Boone County. After that case is resolved, he'll begin serving his life sentence for the murder of his parents.

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  • by Anon Location: KY on Oct 22, 2008 at 05:37 PM
    This is such a sad situation. I feel for the siblings of Mr. Bramlage. They lost their parents and their baby brother. This young man has made decisions that changed the course of his entire family. Imagine trying to sleep at night with this heavy burden. I do not know this family but I have a baby brother who has made many of the decisions Bramlage made. I listened to his confession searching for remorse. This young man shot his mom because she was nagging him to stop hunting so much and get a job. He states his parents never yelled at him. Not even after he forged checks on their account. I'm not sure why this story has affected me so much but I know listening to his confession makes me pray for the Bramlage family for all the lives they lost that fateful November day. They truely have forgiving hearts for agreeing to this punishment when they know they could have gotten more. Always remember the Lord will not put more on you than you can bear.
  • by FISTY Location: UBANK on Oct 22, 2008 at 05:14 PM


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