Ky. jury: Life without parole in 3 kids' deaths

AP News
Posted: Apr 08, 2011 8:34 PM
Ky. jury: Life without parole in 3 kids' deaths

An eastern Kentucky jury has recommended a life sentence without parole for a man convicted of murdering three young children.

The Clay County jury recommended the sentence Friday for 31-year-old Clayton Jackson in the deaths of 4-year-old Michael Sturgill, 3-year-old Robert Sturgill and 18-month-old Jordan Sturgill, according to the Lexington Herald-Leader. The jury also recommended 50 years for arson.

Jackson was convicted Wednesday in the case. The jury couldn't reach a decision in the deaths of the children's parents in 2004 in Leslie County.

Commonwealth's Attorney Gary Gregory said he felt justice had been served in the children's deaths.

Defense lawyer Barbara Carnes said the defense appreciated that the jury didn't the recommend death for Jackson but said she believes he is innocent and plans an appeal.