Man sentenced to 40-years in double murder case

Daniel Keene
Daniel Keene

RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – A man was sentenced to 40-years in prison on Tuesday for his role in a gruesome double murder in Madison County, according to the Richmond Register. Daniel Keene admitted he was hired, along with Matthew Denholm, to murder Charles Walker and Sonsaray Warford. The couple disappeared in 2010. Their bodies were found buried in a field in 2012.

Keene told investigators that he dug a grave while Denholm tortured and killed the couple. During his sentencing hearing on Tuesday, Keene read a letter to the family, apologizing for what he had done, according to the newspaper.

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Keene’s 40-year sentence was recommended by prosecutors as part of a plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, burglary, evidence tampering and abuse of a corpse. Keene will be eligible for parole after 20-years. He has already served four-years in the Madison County Detention Center.

Matthew Denholm pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping in the case. He is already serving four life terms in prison.

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