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Kentucky parents of murdered children accept guilty plea to be ‘spared’ the ordeal of a death penalty trial

If Robert Drown, the confessed murderer of three, including two children, in Kentucky, is able to avoid Kentucky's death penalty, how can anyone say it's administered fairly?

If Robert Drown, the confessed murderer of three, including two children, in Kentucky, is able to avoid Kentucky's death penalty, how can anyone claim it's administered fairly?

Family members of murdered children in northeastern Kentucky, like the Kings in California, agreed to a plea bargain in which the killer would receive life in prison rather than the death penalty. Last Thursday, “Carter Circuit Judge Rebecca Phillips sentenced Robert Lee Drown to five life terms in prison for the May 2007 murders of Jennifer Ison and her daughters, Shannah, 10, and Marissa, 3″ after family members approved a plea agreement that would spare Drown the death penalty.

From the Ashland, Ky.’s Daily Independent’s “Parents of murdered children approves [sic] plea,”

“I am a believer in the death penalty, but sometimes you have to rethink all this,” Ann Bauers, chairwoman of the Parents of Murdered Children Northeast Kentucky Chapter of Carter and Surrounding Counties said, noting a death-penalty trial would probably have continued for more than eight weeks, causing tremendous physical and mental strain for the victims’ family members…

“Considering everything, this is probably the best way to go at this time. I think everybody knows it would take 20 years or longer for him to be electrocuted, or whatever they would do to him, and the family would have to go through the appeals process — the rollercoaster, I call it. And, some of the family might not even live long enough to see him be executed.”

If the confessed murderer of three, including two children, doesn’t merit the death penalty, who in Kentucky does? Clearly the system is broken and unfair.

Photo: Courtesy Kentucky Department of Corrections

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