Many of the county’s reckless homicide, manslaughter and murder cases have been plea bargained since 2000, primarily taking into account the victims and their families.

Here are the names of the victims and the circumstances of their deaths that have resulted in charges since 2000.

  • Robert Hanson, 25, of Muncie, Ind., died Jan. 28, 2006. Hanson walked into traffic on Interstate 65 and was struck by a vehicle driven by Eleazar Esquivel, who pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and DUI. He received a two-year sentence.
  • Brandon Guthrie, 22, of Bowling Green, died Nov. 25, 2000, in a single-vehicle crash in which the driver was presumed drunk. David Greenlee pleaded guilty in July 2004 to reckless homicide and received a five-year sentence that was probated. Probation was later revoked.
  • Lee Ford Johnson, 38, was beaten to death with a baseball bat July 16, 2006, at his Bowling Green apartment. Christopher Hackworth pleaded guilty to murder and other charges and Tonya Ray pleaded guilty to complicity. Both received life in prison on Sept. 14, 2007.
  • Christopher Thomas Taylor, 21, of Bowling Green, died from a gunshot wound Dec. 21, 2007. Deshon Ogburn pleaded guilty in July to an amended first-degree manslaughter charge and other charges, receiving a total of 20 years.
  • Tysiana Holder, 3, of Bowling Green, died Jan. 15, 2006, when her family’s vehicle was struck while it was on the side of Interstate 65. The driver of the vehicle, Frank Johnson, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and assault, receiving a six-year sentence in June 2007.
  • Alfred Michael, 30, of Bowling Green, was shot while at the home of a Warren County couple. He died Jan. 5, 2004. Robert Shirley was found guilty of murder by a jury in April 2005 and received a 20-year sentence.
  • James Corey Webster, 21, was shot Nov. 13, 2003, while at his residence in Willowcreek Apartments. Intruders intended to rob someone who formerly lived at the address. Gary Gamble was found guilty of murder and burglary and received a total of 70 years in May 2005. His co-defendant, Charles Morse, eventually pleaded guilty to complicity to murder and burglary and received a 25-year sentence.
  • Hal DeJuan Holder, 29, was shot three times when two people attempted to rob him in his Bowling Green home. He died Feb. 21, 2003. Trian Shannon and Jamin Roberson both pleaded guilty to murder and burglary in 2004. Roberson received 20 years and Shannon 30 years.
  • Diane Fuentes, 3, of Bowling Green, was drowned in a bathtub and died April 22, 2002. April Rine was found guilty of wanton murder and criminal abuse by a jury in November 2002 and received a 45-year sentence. Tammitha Fuentes was found guilty of complicity to those charges and received a 35-year sentence.
  • Robert McGown, 79, was beaten to death with a hammer May 9, 2001, at his Bowling Green home. Patrick Doyle pleaded guilty to murder (but mentally ill) and received a 25-year sentence.
  • Edward Delane Upton, 37, was shot multiple times at his Warren County home Feb. 17, 2000. Jason Tabor was found guilty in July 2002 of first-degree manslaughter and received 20 years. Kenneth Lamastus was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter and received 10 years.
  • Brieseida Cardona, 37, was stabbed more than two dozen times and bled to death on a neighbor’s porch Sept. 3, 2000. Raul Carballo pleaded guilty in April 2002 to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter. He received a 15-year sentence and was deported.
  • Dawn Hartridge, 54, of Bowling Green, was riding on the back of a motorcycle when it was struck from behind on Oct. 10, 2008. The driver, Randy Scott Ostrihon, admitted to driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to murder on Nov. 10 and received a 20-year sentence.
  • Marricus Cox, 21, of Bowling Green, was riding a scooter on Veterans Memorial Boulevard on Sept. 22, 2008, when it was struck by a drunk driver, Johnny Roberts. Cox later died at the University of Louisville Hospital. Roberts pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, DUI. He received a 10-year sentence as also being a persistent felony offender.
  • Debbie Rediess, 46, was shot Oct. 5, 2008, outside her Smiths Grove home. Murder charges are pending against Randall Creek in the case.
  • Justin Kropp, 19, of Scottsville, was shot during an argument July 8 while at a Warren County home. A jury in January found Jacob Edward Whitaker guilty of reckless homicide and was sentenced to one and a half years.
  • Edward Dickie Whiteside, 64, was killed with a shotgun while on the steps of his Kentucky Street apartment on May 28. Jasmine White, Traymel Lee and Charles Bunton face murder by complicity charges and Earl Wright faces a murder charge in the slaying. All the charges are pending.
  • Suzie Dumore, 34, was strangled more than 18 years ago in her Bowling Green home. Murder and sodomy charges weren’t brought until November against Edward Donaldson, who is believed responsible for her death. The case is pending.
  • Kristopher D. Holland, 29, of Alvaton, died Dec. 18, 2005, as a result of a car crash in which his driver, Richard Kinser, admitted to being drunk. Kinser pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and DUI, receiving a six-year sentence.
  • Jamie Miller, 21, of Morgantown, was thrown from her vehicle March 25, 2006. The driver of the vehicle is accused of being under the influence. A 2007 indictment for second-degree manslaughter and DUI is pending against Gavin Parker.
  • Amaya Peters, 2 months old, of Bowling Green, died April 17, 2006, six days after being shaken and thrown by her father. Jeffery Peters pleaded guilty in March to murder and received a 30-year sentence.
  • Christina Marie Renshaw, 29, of Bowing Green, died Feb. 3, 2006, from blows to her head. Two people were charged in connection with her death. Murder charges are pending against Alanda Lewis and Lawrence Stinnett.
  • Katie Autry, an 18-year-old Western Kentucky University freshman, was found May 4, 2003, in her dorm room, beaten, raped and set on fire. She died May 7, 2003, from her injuries. Stephen Soules pleaded guilty in March 2004 to multiple charges, including murder and rape, and was sentenced to life without parole. Lucas Goodrum faced the same charges but was found not guilty by a jury in 2005.
  • Justin B. Copas, 21, of Bowling Green, was a passenger in a single-vehicle crash July 15, 2005, in which alcohol was involved. Copas died later that day at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville. The driver, Adam Carpenter, pleaded guilty in January 2006 to second-degree manslaughter and received a seven-year sentence.
  • David McKinney, 52, of Morgantown, was electrocuted Sept. 13, 2006, by live wires from a utility pole, fallen by a drunk driver, Ralph Adkins. Adkins pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and DUI and received a five-year sentence in November 2007.
  • Bobby J. Davis, 46, of Bowling Green, was a passenger in a single-vehicle crash Feb. 27, 2001. The driver of the vehicle was drunk. Timothy Shadburn pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and DUI and received a five-year sentence in July 2002.
  • Kathy Lewis, 45, of Bowling Green, was killed Nov. 30. 2001, when her vehicle was struck by another vehicle, driven by a man believed to be drunk. The man, Ivan Vidakovic, who is wanted on murder charges, is thought to have fled the country.
  • Lewis Weston, 58, of Bowling Green, died June 7, 2001, from a single gunshot wound. The man believed responsible for the shooting, James Rich, was found incompetent to stand trial in March 2002 and died while in custody after being involuntarily committed.
  • Helen Reeves, 48, of Lewisburg, was killed June 19 when her motorcycle and another vehicle collided, the driver of which is accused of being drunk. Murder charges are pending against Saneres Santos in the case.
  • Troy M. Garner, 22, of Morgantown, died April 26, 2002, at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville after a vehicle accident where the driver, Penny Priddy, pulled out in front of another driver. Priddy pleaded guilty Sept. 23, 2003, to second-degree manslaughter and received a five-year sentence.
  • Kelly J. Smith, 25, of Bowling Green, was killed June 11, 2004, when the motorcycle she was riding on the back of crashed. The driver, Ramon Weatherford, in the single-vehicle crash was drunk. Weatherford pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and received seven years in July 2006; the sentence was run consecutively with a five-year sentence in another case.
  • Jaime L. Markus, 25, of Bowling Green, died Oct. 29, 2005. She was a passenger in a single-car crash in which she was thrown from the vehicle. The driver, Derek Peay, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and DUI and received a seven-year sentence in December 2006.
  • Thomas Ward, 38, of Glasgow, was beaten and strangled April 13, 2008, while in a Bowling Green motel room. Murder charges are pending against Troy Rupe.
  • Charles Shrive, 63, of Highland Heights, was killed Aug. 21 when an SUV struck his motorcycle and ran over him on I-65. The person believed to be driving the SUV, Michael Sams, has charges of murder, DUI and leaving the scene of an accident pending.
  • Scarlett Hulse, 15, of Smiths Grove, died Aug. 4, 2004, from injuries suffered in a crash in which she was thrown from the vehicle she was a passenger in. The driver of the vehicle that caused the crash, Jose Gonzalez, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, fleeing the scene of an accident and assault. He received a five-year sentence.
  • George L. Wangner Jr., 42, of Bowling Green, was killed in a single-car crash Feb. 5, 2006. The driver of the car, Petty Walker, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and DUI and received a five-year sentence.
  • Tracy Raynard Stewart, 40, died Aug. 7, 2006, after being shot once in the chest while outside an area convenience store. Murder charges are pending against James Franklin.
  • Willie Duke, 66, of Rockfield, was killed in a head-on collision May 5, 2002. The driver of the other vehicle, Jason Estlack, admitted to being drunk. He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and DUI and received a seven-year sentence.
  • J.C. Schroader, 78, of Bowling Green, died July 27, 2001, of neglect. His caregivers, Nancy S. Oliver and Frederick Oliver, pleaded guilty to reckless homicide. Their five-year sentences were later probated over the objection of the commonwealth’s attorney.
  • Damien Young, infant, died Sept. 21, 2001, after neglect led to an accident that caused his injuries. Lester Young pleaded guilty to an amended charge of first-degree wanton endangerment and received a two-year sentence.

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