Harlan murder case draws guilty plea

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HARLAN, Ky. (AP) — An eastern Kentucky man has pleaded guilty in the death of a man during a robbery at his house three years ago.

The Kentucky attorney general’s office said on Tuesday that 38-year-old Timothy M. Turner of Harlan County pleaded guilty in Harlan County Circuit Court to murder, second-degree robbery, forged instrument possession, theft and being a persistent felony offender.

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Turner’s 35-year-old co-defendant, Rachel A. Osborne, pleaded guilty last year to murder and first-degree robbery.

Plea agreements call for Turner to be sentenced to 40 years with eligibility for parole in 18 years and Osborne to receive a 20-year sentence with parole eligibility in 17 years. Sentencing is Jan. 9.

The release said 58-year-old Steve Gibson was robbed May 10, 2011, and gagged with duct tape. The release said he suffocated while the theft was occurring, and his body was found more than three weeks later.


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