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Family upset with sentence for admitted killer

By: Angela Beavin, Andy Cunningham Email
By: Angela Beavin, Andy Cunningham Email

A man admitted to beating a woman so badly, she later died.

Joe 'Greg' Wilson pleaded guilty in Frankfort to second degree manslaughter for the death of 53-year old Betty Winn.

Back in October of 2009, police arrested and charged Wilson with fourth-degree assault. They say he beat Winn in their home. Winn then went to a friend's house to sleep. Hours later she was found dead.

Today in court, Wilson received a five year sentence for a 2nd degree manslaughter. As part of the plea deal, he will serve 60 days in jail. He'll then be eligible for shock probation.

Some of Winn's family members, including one of her daughter's say they are upset with the decision.

"Of course, I would have liked to have seen him get the maximum sentence for it, for first degree, not second. I mean, first degree was a gift to him, and I just can't process it through my mind," said Rebecca Flynn, the victim's daughter.

Flynn says without her knowledge some of her family members, and the Commonwealth agreed to take the plea deal this morning before day two of the trial was set to start.

In a statement, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney David Nutgrass said, "There are certain litigation risks, especially in a circumstantial case, that we came to this conclusion with the ascent of the family."

"They should have had the whole family in there before that decision was made," Flynn said.

The judge said he will allow Wilson's release as long as he does not cause any problems while serving his sentence. Prosecutors say they will not oppose his release.


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