Kidnapping, murder case from 1991 finally resolved

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – The case of a Kentucky man’s kidnapping and murder in 1991 is finally complete.

Authorities say Francis Brady of Bardstown was abducted from a Hardin County rest stop in October 1991 and later killed in Bullitt County. Michael Dale St. Clair has been convicted several times for the murder and kidnapping, only to have the cases reversed on appeal.

The state Supreme Court upheld his murder conviction and death sentence in 2015. St. Clair was scheduled to be tried again on the kidnapping charge in May.

But Thursday, Attorney General Andy Beshear announced St. Clair has pleaded guilty to the kidnapping charge and received a 30-year prison sentence.

Beshear said Brady’s widow was unable to attend St. Clair’s guilty plea but was consulted several times before the deal was signed.

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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