Perry County man sentenced to six years for beating man with brick

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A judge Thursday sentenced a Perry County man to six years behind bars for beating another man with a brick and leaving him by a river to die.

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT)- Update, 9/11/14

A judge Thursday sentenced a Perry County man to six years behind bars for beating another man with a brick and leaving him by a river to die.

Larry Yocum pleaded guilty to several charges, including assault second degree, which was amended from an attempted murder charge.

Yocum last year beat Jeff Karr with a brick and left him to die near the river in downtown Hazard, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors believe Yocum, Karr, and Karr's wife, Teresa, were involved in a love triangle gone bad.

Perry County Circuit Judge Bill Engle Thursday sentenced Yocum to six years in prison on the assault charge and time served for several lesser charges.

"We're looking at a time necessary to get this person out of the community to give some of these folks here in Hazard and Perry County a little bit of a break from their shenanigans," Perry County Commonwealth's Attorney John Hansen said.

As part of Yocum's plea deal, prosecutors dismissed a tampering with physical evidence charge.

Update: 4-30-14

One Perry County man will have to wait to go on trial.

Larry Yocum's trial was set to begin earlier this month.

Police say in September he beat Jeff Karr with a brick and left him to die in the river near downtown Hazard.

Yocum faces attempted murder and tampering with evidence charges.

Karr's wife, Teresa, also faces tampering with evidence charges.

Court officials tell us a new trial date has not been set.

Update: 10-30-13:

The case of a Perry County woman and man facing charges in an attempted murder case is heading to circuit court.

A grand jury returned indictments against Larry Yocum and Teresa Karr. Yocum faces attempted murder and tampering with evidence charges. Police say he beat Jeff Karr with a brick and left him to die in the river.

They say Karr's wife Teresa washed Yocum's clothes, trying to get rid of evidence.

She faces a tampering with evidence charge. An arraignment date is set for December 12th.

Update: 10-11-13-

She’s the center of a love triangle that almost killed a man she’s been married to for 12 years. On Friday, she spoke to us from jail.

Police accuse Larry Yocum of trying to kill Jeff Karr and get rid of his body in the river in downtown Hazard earlier this month.

Police say Jeff’s wife Teresa helped Yocum get rid of the evidence by washing his clothes.

Teresa told us from jail, while Yocum was her boyfriend, she had nothing to do with the attempted murder of her husband.

“I didn’t know he had done that. If I had known, I would have killed Larry when he came back to the house,” Teresa said.

Both Teresa and Yocum pleaded not guilty in a Perry County courtroom on Monday.
Update: 10-7-13-

A man and woman, charged in connection of an attempted murder, answered to the charges against them Monday.

It’s the result of what police are calling a love triangle gone bad.

Teresa Karr sat in a Perry County courtroom smiling and laughing before pleading not guilty to the felony charge of tampering with physical evidence.

She’s accused of helping Larry Yocum get rid of evidence after police say he beat Teresa’s husband with a brick before trying to dispose of his body in a river in downtown Hazard.

“I remember getting drug to the river and getting tossed into the river. I started floating,” Jeff said.

Yocum also pleaded not guilty to his charges that include attempted murder.

The accusations against Jeff’s wife of 12 years and his best friend still leave him speechless.

“I did nothing but try and help him and that’s how I got repaid,” Jeff added.

Jeff was flown to UK Hospital for his injuries, where he stayed overnight. He says he continues to recover not just physically, but mentally from the trauma done by two of the people he considered closest to him.

“It hurts like hell, but what can you do?” Jeff asked.

Despite the shock he’s endured in the last week, Jeff says the kindness from those around him have shown the impact he’s made on so many.

“It’s just kind of amazing how much people open their hearts. It’s just amazing. I didn’t think that many people liked me!” Jeff added.

Both Teresa and Yocum remain in the Kentucky River Regional Jail. They are set to appear in court again on October 15th.
Original Story: 10-1-13-

We are learning more about the situation police are describing as a love triangle gone bad.

Police say a man was severely beaten, then left to die in a river near downtown Hazard.

One of the people charged, is his wife of 12 years.

A piece of crime scene tape marks the place police say Larry Yocum severely beat Jeff Karr and left him to die.

“Yocum basically beat him up, got him down to the side of the river, took a brick and busted it over the side of his head,” Hazard Police Lieutenant Paul Campbell said.

Police accuse Yocum of trying to get rid of Karr’s body by trying to sink it in the river. When that didn’t work, Police say he kicked it down stream and left.

“He was alive at the time, he was somewhat coherent, in and out of consciousness, bleeding profusely from the head from an injury,” Campbell added.

That’s when police say Yocum went to Jeff’s wife’s house, where Teresa Karr helped Yocum wash his clothes to get rid of the evidence.

But Teresa’s daughter Gina Lewis paints a different picture of the relationship among the trio.

“Every time [Yocum] would get drunk on liquor, he wanted to fight my Step-dad and my Mom and my Step-dad never had the heart to put him out of the house because he was homeless and didn’t have any where to live,” Lewis said.

Dexter Fugate has known Jeff for more than eight years; he describes his friend as someone who is always willing to lend a helping hand.

“He helped from time to time. He sells fireworks with me at the 4th of July, he worked every year with me doing that, and if I had odd jobs to do, he’d go help me do that,” Fugate said.

Jeff was flown to UK Hospital where he stayed overnight. Hospital officials say he has since been released.

Yocum is charged with attempted murder and tampering with physical evidence. Teresa Karr is also charged with tampering with physical evidence.

Both denied our request for an interview.

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