Man Gets Five Years In Death Of Unborn Child

MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A 30-year-old western Kentucky man who entered a plea of guilty to third-degree fetal homicide has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Kevin Williams of Madisonville had entered the guilty plea in June, admitting that his reckless actions caused his girlfriend Shala Tandy to abort her three-month-old fetus.

Police reports say Williams was the father of the child. The state legislature passed a law in 2004 making first-degree fetal homicide a crime punishable by death. The third-degree charge signifies the death was the result of reckless actions.

Police said Williams became violent during an argument with Tandy and struck and kicked her in the abdomen. Tandy was treated for minor injuries at Regional Medical Center, but miscarried the child.

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

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  • by Suzie on Sep 13, 2007 at 08:27 AM
    What was his punishment for beating a human being who was aware of what was happening? Maybe these prosecutors should go up against Baze.
  • by sgt howard Location: ky on Sep 12, 2007 at 07:25 PM
    you can kill a dog and get more time then that. such a shame,we should fire all the judges around here and get some mean old retired sergeant majors who are a little tuffer on crime.
  • by Carol Location: Whitley Co. on Sep 12, 2007 at 12:17 PM
    I think we either need to have truth in sentencing--if the sentence is 5 years make it mean that the person spends 5 years in jail....Or, we need to start acting like we really mean that "the children are our future" and give harsh enough sentences that offenders who prey on the young, (also on the elderly and other vulnerable segments of society), won't know that they are just going to get a slap on the wrist and then be out to continue with the same lifestyle as before. True justice sometimes means needing to accept all the consequences for one's actions, not just a token effort to make society think the debt has been paid, or to see who else the blame can be transferred to. No wonder crime is so rampant....
  • by Karen Location: Nicholasville on Sep 12, 2007 at 08:24 AM
    I agree with you Fred. I think we should let his (edited) fry and that way maybe the next sorry person won't do the same thing. People wonder why these things happen and I think that it is because they just get a slap on the wrist and are told not to do it again. I think that they all should die if they kill or harm a child regardless of the reason. That is why they need to be more cautious around any child.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Sep 12, 2007 at 07:11 AM
    Let's change it to First Degree and toast his sorry (edited)...
  • by JAKE Location: RICHMOND on Sep 12, 2007 at 06:21 AM
    A joke, not nearly severe enough..He did this on purpose, these prosecutors and judges are so weak it makes me sick...


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