Man sentenced for deadly Lexington shooting; could be free next year

The judge accepted the prosecution’s recommendation that Larry Walters received a 20-year sentence. In July, he entered a guilty plea.
Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 9:55 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - A man was sentenced Tuesday for a deadly Lexington shooting.

The judge accepted the prosecution’s recommendation that Larry Walters received a 20-year sentence. In July, he entered a guilty plea.

Lexington police say Walters shot Stevie Roop and James Terry at Uncle 7s Bar and Grill in 2019 during an argument. Terry was struck in the head and died from his injuries.

Walters was charged with murder and 1st-degree assault. As part of his plea agreement, those charges were amended to 2nd-degree manslaughter and 2nd-degree assault. He was also charged with three counts of wanton endangerment.

The victim’s family called Walter’s plea deal a disgrace. Chad Terry, James Terry’s son, feels prosecutors did not do his family justice.

“I don’t understand how the commonwealth, after knowing that the family disagreed with this course of action, decided to take a manslaughter two deal, which carried a non-violent crime,” Chad Terry said.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Lou Anna Red Corn says prosecutors determined the plea deal was the best resolution.

“That was based on what the prosecutors knew in meeting with the witnesses, what the witness testimony was going to be, primarily about the mental state of the defendant at the time,” Red Corn said.

She explained Walters must serve 20 percent of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole. Since he’s spent the past three years under house arrest, that could be as soon as next year.

Walters asked Terry’s family to forgive him.

“There aren’t any words that I know that can take away some of that pain, fill that void that my actions caused,” Walters said.

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