Whitley County man sentenced for manslaughter conviction


A Whitley County judge sentenced a Corbin man to 12 years in prison for the death of his daughter's boyfriend.

In February, a jury convicted William "Bill" Cox of manslaughter for the death of 21-year-old Ryan Abner.

Police say Cox shot Abner several times in August of 2012.

The Commonwealth's Attorney says the judge imposed the jury's sentence recommendation and sentenced Cox to 12 years for all charges.


Officials say Bill Cox was found guilty Thursday night of first degree manslaughter and two counts of wanton endangerment for the death of Ryan Abner in August 2012 in Whitley County.

Abner's family tells us the jury had a recommended sentence for Cox of 10 years for the manslaughter charge. He will have to serve 85% of this sentence.

Officials say the wanton endangerment charges total 5 years. He will have to serve 20% of this sentence.

These will be served consecutively.

He has a 1.5 year credit for time served.

Formal sentencing has not been set at this time.

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