UPDATE: Kentucky Man to Serve Life in Prison for Family Killing

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Ryan Champion mug shot 10-31-14
Ryan Champion

CADIZ, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky man will spend life behind bars for orchestrating the killings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance.

News outlets report Ryan Champion was sentenced Friday.

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Champion avoided the death penalty after pleading guilty in December to four counts of murder. He also pleaded guilty to a kidnapping charge.

After the October 2014 slayings, Champion portrayed himself as the lone survivor of an attack on his family in western Kentucky.

Champion said 22-year-old Vito Riservato had killed the family and he survived by killing Riservato. But prosecutors have said it was a murder-for-hire scheme with a twist that ended with Riservato’s slaying.

Remaining family members addressed Champion in court Friday. His attorney Joanne Lynch wished the family well as they continue to heal.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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12/8/16 3:51 p.m.

Kentucky Man Pleads Guilty to Murders of Parents, Sister

A Kentucky man charged with orchestrating the killings of his parents, sister and an acquaintance has avoided the death penalty by pleading guilty to four counts of murder.

Ryan Champion also pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of kidnapping. After the slayings in October 2014, Champion portrayed himself as the lone survivor of an attack on his family in western Kentucky.

Champion said 22-year-old Vito Riservato had killed the family and he survived by killing Riservato. But prosecutors have said it was a murder-for-hire scheme with a twist that ended with Riservato’s slaying.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Carrie Ovey-Wiggins says the remaining family members were seeking closure with the plea agreement. Champion will be sentenced Jan. 27.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.

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10/31/14 7:34 p.m.

State Police said Ryan Champion, 36, of Cadiz, was charged Friday in connection to the shooting deaths of his mother, father, sister and one other man in Trigg County on October 26, 2014.Investigators said Champion was charged with four counts of Capital Murder and one count of Capital Kidnapping.

He was lodged in the Christian County Detention Center.

State Police said Ryan Champion was accused of murdering Joy Champion, Lindsey Champion, Emily Champion and Vito Riservato.  All four were found shot to death at the Champion’s home in Cadiz.

Investigators have not released a possible motive in the case.

The investigation was ongoing.