Laurel County Woman Accused of Killing Pizza Man Pleads Guilty

Crystal Grimes murder trial had just begun at Laurel Circuit Court, when she ended up in a plea bargain.

25-year-old Crystal Grimes was in the process of being tried in the 2005 murder of Gregory Rowe.

Investigators say after killing Rowe, Grimes and her boyfriend, Christopher Wages, took Rowe's car, mutilated his remains, and tried to hide the evidence.

Wages was found guilty last year, and is now serving a life sentence.

Jury selection was already underway when Grimes pleaded guilty to felony theft and tampering with physical evidence charges.

Prosecutors recommended five years on each count, which will be served concurrently, meaning a total of 5 years.

Formal sentencing is scheduled for August 17th.


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  • by crystal grimes family. Location: london ky on Sep 7, 2007 at 08:50 PM
    Let me just say, that I know Crystal Grimes and have a strong bond with her. And I think its a bunch of crap that people are judging her especially the Christians out there who are judging her for rumors they've heard. I thought that judging people was a sin! But I guess thats just in my Bible. She didn't help chop anyone up into pieces like one person's comment before. That is a lie and the evidence plus the court has no statement reporting that. I think its completely fair that she's getting out after two years plus, considering she spent more time than she was supposed to anyways. I can assure you that Crystal isn't a person who would help do something like that to anyone. She would't hurt a flea, and people are slandering her for these horrible charges. She didn't plea guilty to the robbery or murder charges or else she'd be lying, because she didn't help with anything! Everyone needs to keep their comments to theirselves when they dont even have the facts straight.
  • by Danielle Location: London on Jun 27, 2007 at 08:37 AM
    I think it is a shame that everyone who is talking suck bad things about Crystal and no one even knows her. Well I do and I feel like she has served the sentance that she deserves. She was arrested in may of 2005 and this is june of 2007 by the time she is final sentanced in august she will have spent 27 months in a county jail in maxiumun secruity. Do you even know what that is like??? No I don't think so so don't judge people you don't know!!! I am praying for u Crystal!!!!
  • by recovering Location: kentucky on Jun 17, 2007 at 09:29 AM
    I know Crystal, not well mind you, but I know her. I do think she deserved more time for this crime...alot more time. however, I happen to know that the court system was involved in her life before this crime and she had gotten away with so many smaller crimes committed because of a severe drug problem. Our court system needs to look at the drug problem in small towns such as these and recognize that unless these people are locked up sooner or forced to get the help they need, that the crimes they commit will only continue to escalate because they have been allowed to get away with it. I am a recovering addict, and fortunately, I had a judge throw the perverbial book at me and force me into rehabalitation and lock me up for a good while after I refused to straighten up the firt time. I hated him at the time, but I realize now that the court system needs more judges that will deal with drug related crime before it escalates to something as horrible as this. I pray that Crystal will at least be grateful for the second chance she has been given, which is more that Greg Rowe will ever get, and do something positive and constructive with her life.
  • by D Ann Location: mt Vernon on Jun 5, 2007 at 01:35 PM
    This makes me sick. I grew up with Greg. We played together all the time. Greg would have gave you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it. We have no court or law. It protects the criminals . Just like one person said if it had been a dog She would have got more time. I am a christian and I believe God will take care of this. She will pay for this and when he whips her. She will wish she was in jail instead. We couldn't even see greg to tell him bye. It's like a nightmare you never wake up from.
  • by Sue Location: Mt. Vernon on Jun 5, 2007 at 08:39 AM
    Thank you fellow human beings for the comments you took the time to post today. I am the mother of Greg Rowe, and it gives me some small comfort to know that my family and I are not the only ones to see the injustice of yesterday's court proceedings.
  • by Tracey Location: Mt. Vernon on Jun 5, 2007 at 08:00 AM
    I would just like to thank the people out there that feels the same way our family feels. I feel things could have been done differently not that our attorney's didn't do there job they really didn't have enough to work with. I feel she is guilty the same as her boyfriend. I feel she would still have contact with him today, and who knows she might.
  • by Casey Location: Lexington on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:37 AM
    It's a low down terrible shame when an innocent man is brutally murdered while simply doing his job. The biggest slap in the face is the fact that she is only sentenced to 5 years for this awful act. This world is in a terrible shape and getting worse everyday. My thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of this young man.
  • by cutter Location: east of I-75 on Jun 5, 2007 at 07:18 AM
    If our prisons weren’t full of non-violent criminals, we could use them for their intended purpose---> Protecting society from violent people. White collar criminals that have skills, maintain employment and normally pay taxes can be punished in other ways, without being a burden to us tax payers. Sex-offenders and other dangerous criminals that pose a threat to society should be keep in cages, for life !
  • by Stacy Location: Mt. Vernon on Jun 5, 2007 at 06:19 AM
    Another comment I want to make. If the sheriff's office had done their jobs and arrested her the night of the murder, there would have been a different outcome. I think they are the one's to blame for this injustice. Fortunately for everyone, there is a new sheriff in town. Hopefully there's not, but if there ever is another victim like Greg, they will keep evidence before letting it walk out the door.
  • by Laurel County Resident Location: Laurel Co. on Jun 5, 2007 at 05:22 AM
    I can only imagine the anger the Rowe family is feeling. How obvious is it that our court system is a joke. It makes me wonder whose money bought this decision. I agree, in a situation where there's no question that someone is guilty, they should pay the price. "An eye for an eye."
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