Jury recommends 55-year sentence in restaurant shooting

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Joshua Lee Ratliff
Joshua Lee Ratliff

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – A jury has recommended a 55-year prison sentence for a central Kentucky man who shot and killed his co-worker at a fast-food restaurant following an argument over sanitary work habits.

The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/2nv96ci) reports jurors returned the sentence Thursday for 28-year-old Joshua Ratliff of Elizabethtown. It comes a day after Ratliff was found guilty of murder but mentally ill in Ryan Birse’s death.

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Witnesses testified Ratliff shot the 22-year-old victim multiple times at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in February 2016. An employee said Birse and Ratliff had days earlier gotten into an argument when Birse told Ratliff to stop touching chicken after taking his hands out of the dishwater.

Defense attorney Wesley Durham had entered a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.

Formal sentencing is set for May 23.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

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3/16/17 1:00 p.m.

Worker found guilty but mentally ill in restaurant shooting

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – A central Kentucky man has been found guilty of murder but mentally ill in the shooting of a co-worker at a fast-food restaurant following an argument over sanitary work habits.

The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/2nvJKrI) reports a jury on Wednesday convicted 28-year-old Joshua Ratliff of Elizabethtown of killing Ryan Birse at a KFC/Taco Bell restaurant in February 2016.

Witnesses testified Ratliff entered his workplace on his day off and shot 22-year-old Birse multiple times. An employee said Birse and Ratliff had days earlier gotten into an argument when Birse told Ratliff to stop touching chicken after taking his hands out of the dishwater.

Defense attorney Wesley Durham had entered a not guilty plea by reason of insanity.

Ratliff faces between 20 to 50 years or life in prison at his sentencing Thursday.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

 

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