VELAZQUEZ SENTENCED TO LIFE WITHOUT PAROLE IN BARREN CIRCUIT COURT FOR 2009 TRIPLE MURDER PDF Print
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 12:19

 

MIGUEL ANGEL VELAZQUEZ,  age 21, was in Barren Circuit Court on Monday, August 29,  for formal sentencing based on his earlier guilty plea to MURDER-3 COUNTS, ROBBERY-1ST DEGREE, and TAMPERING WITH PHYSICAL EVIDENCE for a recommended sentence of LIFE WITHOUT POSSIBLITY OF PAROLE.

Velazquez was originally indicted on December of 22, 2009 for 3 counts of Murder, Robbery-1st degree and Tampering with Physical Evidence.

These charges arose in November of 2009 when hunters found the remains of three individuals on a farm in Cave City, Kentucky.  The investigation, led by Det. Mike May and the Kentucky State Police, resulted in the apprehension of two persons – Miguel Angel Velazquez and Marcos Omar Bautista– both of whom voluntarily gave statements to law enforcement concerning their part in the crimes.

Specifically, Velazquez admitted to causing the death of all 3 victims – with causes of deaths ranging from gunshot wounds, to blunt force injuries to strangulation – with all 3 victims having been left in the elements to decompose.

According to Commonwealth’s Attorney, Karen M. Davis, the charge of Murder carries a sentence of 20 years to life (which, by law, makes a defendant eligible for parole after serving 17 years); however, based on the unique facts in this case, the Commonwealth had previously filed notice of the applicability of enhanced penalties for Velazquez which included - Death, Life Without Parole and  Life Without Parole for 25 years.

Davis went on to state that the only harsher penalty that could have been given by a jury was the death penalty, but that by the parties reaching this agreement as to the defendant’s incarceration for life with no chance of parole, she was able to ensure the public’s safety, avoid the years of appeals that follow this type of case and save the county the expense of a lengthy trial.

 

 

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