Man admits to killing wife, setting Reidland home ablaze
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) – A western Kentucky man has admitted to killing his wife and setting their home ablaze.
Multiple media outlets report that 56-year-old Keith Griffith was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges of murder, first-degree arson, tampering with physical evidence and two counts of animal cruelty in McCracken County Circuit Court.
Prosecutors say Julie Griffith was shot three times in January 2014 before her body was found inside the couple’s burned Reidland home. Two dogs were also found dead.
Griffith also pleaded guilty to a new charge of solicitation to first-degree assault, after investigators said he had tried to have sheriff’s department Capt. Matt Carter, the lead investigator in Griffith’s case, fatally shot.
Crying, Griffith told the judge he wished he could take back his actions.
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