Father not happy with plea deal in wife’s murder case

DANVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Rhonda Oakley’s pictures paint the walls inside her husband Phillip’s home. His daughter, Jenna Oakley, pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter.

“For the amount of time that she received for taking a life, I just don’t think it’s fair,” said Phillip Oakley.

52-year-old Rhonda Oakley was found dead inside the family’s home in 2016. The then 15-year-old Jenna Oakley and her then 20-year-old boyfriend, Kenneth Nigh, were found in New Mexico two days later in Rhonda Oakley’s car.

Nigh attempted to hang himself while in custody and later died at the hospital.

“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,” said Phillip Oakley.

Phillip Oakley says he has spoken to his daughter since her arrest, but hasn’t heard her apologize for his wife’s death.

“I hate what she did. I don’t necessarily hate my daughter. I want to be able to forgive my daughter, but I just don’t know how. I haven’t figured that out yet,” said Oakley.

In the meantime, he’ll try to fix the system he says should have prevented this crime from happening. He says there were warning signs that Jenna had some problems, but no one did anything.

“When people say if you see something, say something, that’s false, they don’t mean it, because we tried and look where we’re at,” said Oakley.

The circuit clerk says the recommended sentence is 15 years – 10 for complicity to commit murder and five for theft by unlawful taking.

Oakley is scheduled to be sentenced on February 22.

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