20-year sentence recommended for man who pleaded guilty in Winchester teens' deaths

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WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - The second of four suspects in the murder of two Winchester teens has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

Denzel Hill pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the deaths of Adriana Castro and Kayla Holland while in court Thursday. The 16-year-old girls were shot and killed in November 2017 in the parking lot of the Washington Street Apartments in Winchester. He pleaded to two counts of facilitation to murder, wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

Prosecutors are recommending a 20-year sentence, and Hill has also agreed to testify against the other suspects. His formal sentencing will take place Aug. 15.

Police say Hill, Darian Skinner and Ronnie Ellis others got in a gunfight with Matthew Carmen. Castro and Holland were caught in the crossfire.

Michaela Buford admitted to driving the three men to the parking lot.

She pleaded guilty to two counts of facilitation to murder and one count of wanton endangerment. As part of her plea deal, she agreed to testify if any other cases go to trial.

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