Allen Co. man sentenced in pregnant woman's murder

SCOTTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) - A southern Kentucky man who pleaded guilty to murder, fetal homicide and other charges involving the stabbing death of a pregnant woman has been sentenced to life in prison without parole.

The Daily News reports Allen Circuit Judge Janet Crocker handed down the sentence on Tuesday to 36-year-old Charles Copass of Scottsville.

He is charged with killing 22-year-old Chelsey Mahaney of Scottsville in June 2012. Mahaney was about four months pregnant at the time. He also pleaded guilty to charges of robbery, theft and tampering with physical evidence.

Copass entered an unconditional plea in February in Allen County Circuit Court, which meant he was still eligible for the death penalty.

The sentence imposed was in accordance with the wishes of Mahaney's family.

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