Teen sentenced for role in stepmother’s murder

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DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Accoding to The Advocate-Messenger, an 18-year-old, who recently pleaded guilty to a first-degree manslaughter of her stepmother, has been sentenced as a juvenile.

The Advocate-Messenger reports Boyle Circuit Court Judge Darren Peckler ordered Jenna Oakley sentenced to 10 years in prison for manslaughter and five years for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 on Feb. 25, just two days after Oakley appeared in court and apologized for not trying to help save her step-mother on the day she was killed in 2016.

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Jenna’s father Phillip Oakley spoke with ABC36 after her arrest saying, “Jenna is a very intelligent girl, and to be able to tell me she didn’t know what she was doing, I’ll never believe that.”

The sentences are to run consecutively, for a total of 15 years, according to The Advocate-Messenger. Oakley will appear in court again on March 27 to be sentenced again as an adult, according to Peckler’s order.

In February, Oakley’s attorneys filed a motion for Oakley to receive treatment in the Department of Juvenile Justice until she reached the age of 18 and five months. Oakley turned 18 on March 2.

Oakley was originally charged with murder and theft by unlawful taking, stemming from a September 2016 incident when her stepmother, Rhonda Oakley, was found dead in the basement of the family home.

Oakley, age 15 at the time, and her 20-year-old boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh, were taken into custody three days later in New Mexico, where they were found with Rhonda Oakley’s vehicle. After their arrests, Nigh later died in a hospital after attempting to hang himself in his jail cell.