2 sentenced in death of man found in sleeping bag in Kentucky creek

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TROY, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio couple have been sentenced in the death of a relative after his body was found in a sleeping bag in a Kentucky creek.

A Miami County judge on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Richard Terrel to 15 years in prison in the May 2015 death of 88-year-old William York Sr. Authorities say Terrel beat the Tipp City man to death with a baseball bat. His remains were found in June 2015 in Union, Kentucky.

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Terrel pleaded guilty to charges including voluntary manslaughter and corpse abuse. Terrel’s attorney says Terrel took responsibility for his actions.

The victim’s granddaughter, 24-year-old Hope Earnshaw-York, pleaded no contest to charges including evidence-tampering and corpse abuse. She was sentenced to three years in prison.

Earnshaw-York said drugs and fear kept her from helping her grandfather.

 

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