Boyle Co. teen apologizes in court; Sentencing delayed

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BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Jenna Oakley did not hear her fate in court on Friday as expected.

The teenager did speak out for the first time about her actions.

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“I’m so sorry I didn’t try to save her that day almost two and a half years ago. I’m also sorry for all the pain and hurt and frustration that it has caused,” said Jenna Oakley.

In 2016, when Oakley was 15, her step mother was found dead.

A few days later, police found Oakley in New Mexico with her boyfriend in her step mother’s car.



She did plead guilty about a month ago to manslaughter and theft of a motor vehicle.

At the hearing, the defense attorney told the judge that Oakley should be sent to Morehead Youth Development Center until her sentencing next month.

The Commonwealth attorney’s disagreed with the defense and asked that Oakley be kept behind bars at Adair Juvenile Detention Center.

Oakley’s father was in the courtroom and says she deserves to be punished.

“She needs to go to prison, that’s what she deserves,” said Phillip Oakley, Father.

The judge sent Oakley back to the juvenile detention center until her sentencing date on March 27th.

By that time, she will be 18 years old and could go to prison.

The recommended sentence is 15 years.