MSU student's murder trial set for Ja...

MSU student's murder trial set for January

There are 401 comments on the Murray Ledger & Times story from Jun 13, 2006, titled MSU student's murder trial set for January. In it, Murray Ledger & Times reports that:

Harrison Yonts will stand trial in January for murder stemming from a fatal hit-and-run collision.

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Prediction

Murray, KY

#1 Jul 5, 2006
What will happen?
Ladonna Barnes

White House, TN

#2 Aug 7, 2006
The best thing for all involved is to pray earnestly for the truth to be discovered, and that the jury will know beyond a shadow of a doubt the correct verdict.
All the family and friends touched by this tragedy need prayer and support.
murray girl

Farmington, KY

#3 Nov 25, 2008
i do not believe in drinking and driving but im glad his sentence was reduced. he didnt deserve what they were trying to give him. even if he did do it- it was an accident. its so crazy how the commonwealth does whatever they want and gets away with it. im not sure if any of you no this but yonts was sentenced to more time then -donald priddy which killed his ex-girlfriend and hid her under his bed. thats sick. he even got more time than most drug dealers do.

Since: Feb 08

KY

#4 Nov 26, 2008
I should hope that someone who killed a woman while driving under the influence would be sentenced to more time than a drug dealer. Yonts tried to interfere with an investigation by hiding evidence. He left the scene of the accident. He left the lady for dead without even caring to see if it had been a minor accident. His lack of concern for the well being of an individual as he was "frightened" while driving drunk resulted in the death of a lady. Yonts showed no remorse in the courtroom during his trial. How could he crack a smile in the courtroom (which he did) when he knew the severity of the allegations?
Some Guy

Murray, KY

#5 Nov 26, 2008
Jenni K in KY wrote:
I should hope that someone who killed a woman while driving under the influence would be sentenced to more time than a drug dealer. Yonts tried to interfere with an investigation by hiding evidence. He left the scene of the accident. He left the lady for dead without even caring to see if it had been a minor accident. His lack of concern for the well being of an individual as he was "frightened" while driving drunk resulted in the death of a lady. Yonts showed no remorse in the courtroom during his trial. How could he crack a smile in the courtroom (which he did) when he knew the severity of the allegations?
He stopped the car after hitting her, exited the vehicle, and drug the badly injured victim into the ditch. He then went home, washed the blood off the car, and went to bed. Meanwhile, a human being died a cold and lonely death.
DMC

Farmington, KY

#6 Nov 26, 2008
Yonts killed not just 'a human being', he killed one of the most noble, selfless and caring individuals that I have ever met. He absolutely deserved more time than "most drug dealers".

Murray girl, if he had been drunk and playing with a loaded hand gun which then went off and shot Nadia, would you consider that to be as much of an "accident"? When he turned the key on his car, it was the same thing, just as careless, just as reckless.

I don't know why Donald Priddy got off lighter, but it doesn't matter. There are plenty of murderers who have committed worse crimes than Marco Chapman that were spared the needle.
murray girl

Farmington, KY

#7 Nov 26, 2008
yonts sentence was reduced because there was some doubt that he was even involved after witnesses came forward stating others my hav been involed.

also it was stated that she may hav been hit more than once so -do those people deserve the same sentence? whos to say he hit her first or that his hit was the one that killed her.

and yes to me someone that kills there ex girlfriend and hids her under their bed deserves a hell of alot more than 15yrs.

and no i wouldnt think playing with a handgun while ur sober or drunk would be an accident.

Since: Feb 08

KY

#8 Nov 26, 2008
murray girl: Those witnesses and those "possibilities" were put there by the defense to try to place "reasonable doubt" in the mind of the jury. Yonts deserves more than 8 years (which is what he will most likely get away with since receiving his pardon... Governor Ernie Fletcher's doing on his way out of office as a political favor to Yonts's father...).
murray girl

Mayfield, KY

#9 Nov 27, 2008
if they were put there by the defense then why didnt they use that during the trial not after! because the witnesses i referring to came forward after the trial.

Since: Feb 08

KY

#10 Nov 27, 2008
The decreased time did NOT come because of witnesses after the trial! He didn't get a "reduced" sentence in the sense you are referring. He received a pardon/reduced sentence from Governor Ernie Fletcher, who happens to be good friends with Yonts' politician father. You might want to research how that all works before you think you know everything you are talking about. And a pardon was hardly appropriate for someone who had barely served one year of their sentence.
murray girl

Mayfield, KY

#11 Nov 28, 2008
maybe u should be researching cause he still serving time. and it was in the murray paper about his sentence being reduced because the was a doubt that he was invovled because of new evidence. so u do ur research.
buttercup

White House, TN

#12 Nov 28, 2008
2 wanna be lawyers....hmmmm
yonts

Benton, KY

#13 Nov 28, 2008
his sentence was "commuted" to 7 or was it 8 years.
lowered from what the jury gave him.... the coward ernie fletcher lowered it on his way out of office.
its a damn shame yonts is getting off easy as he's never displayed any remorse. even in his letter to the judge requesting leniency (that had to be rewritten because his first letter was so self serving)
its a damn shame and the whole state of kentucky should be ashamed of what their former governor did.
yonts is a P.O.S.
some guy

Baldwin City, KS

#14 Nov 28, 2008
yonts wrote:
his sentence was "commuted" to 7 or was it 8 years.
lowered from what the jury gave him.... the coward ernie fletcher lowered it on his way out of office.
its a damn shame yonts is getting off easy as he's never displayed any remorse. even in his letter to the judge requesting leniency (that had to be rewritten because his first letter was so self serving)
its a damn shame and the whole state of kentucky should be ashamed of what their former governor did.
yonts is a P.O.S.
You are correct.
buttercup

White House, TN

#15 Nov 28, 2008
hey, they didnt call him dirty ernie for nothing!!!!!!!!!!
murray girl

Mayfield, KY

#16 Nov 28, 2008
say what u like but i believe its a damn shame that someone who brutally murders their girlfriend and hids her under his bed should get more time. but i guess its pepole like u that make up these laws

so if he hadnt been drunk u think he still should of been charged? or would it have been an accident then?

and since nobody else is saying it i will- how do we know he wasnt set up by all the dirty cops, commonwealth attoneys we have here!
murray girl

Mayfield, KY

#17 Nov 28, 2008
and if she was laying there from 1 am until 630am why didnt anyone else see her? thats a very busy road. and if they didnt and didnt report should they be charged too ?

Since: Feb 08

KY

#18 Nov 28, 2008
From 1am until 6:30am that road is NOT a "busy" road. If he hadn't been drunk, I believe he should get the same sentence. There is a certain level of responsibility that comes with the privilege of driving. That certainly includes being aware of persons walking on the side of the road. If that had been a young child would YOU feel the same? Or would you just be blaming the parents (which, if it WAS a small child, I would have gone for negligence on the parents as well, so don't think I wouldn't have wanted them held accountable). It sure would have seemed like more of an "accident" had he actually stopped and called 911.

And I completely agree with "yonts" up top. He showed no remorse. He doesn't deserve the commuted sentence.

I don't remember the name of the person, maybe someone reading this will, but a drunk driver that killed a girl was sentenced to life or else several years in prison in the 80's. Along with that.... he had to mail the family of the victim a dollar a day as a constant reminder to himself for the life he took. Not that the dollars could have ever replaced the life that was lost. If I recall correctly the family of the girl set up a scholarship or trust fund of some sort. Seems that would have been fitting for the spoiled politician's son.
some guy

Baldwin City, KS

#19 Nov 29, 2008
murray girl wrote:
say what u like but i believe its a damn shame that someone who brutally murders their girlfriend and hids her under his bed should get more time. but i guess its pepole like u that make up these laws
so if he hadnt been drunk u think he still should of been charged? or would it have been an accident then?
and since nobody else is saying it i will- how do we know he wasnt set up by all the dirty cops, commonwealth attoneys we have here!
Do you actually know the cops in this county or are you like your friend Yonts and just don't give a damn about anyone else? Are calling people crooks and "dirty" just because you don't want this scumbucket to serve his time? I despise people who always blame the crooked cops or gov't for everything wrong with their loser lives. This punk killed a good woman and yet it's the "crooked" cops who are at fault. You're headed for a miserable life, oh wait, I guess that's my fault for pointing it out.
murray girl

Mayfield, KY

#20 Nov 29, 2008
some guy wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you actually know the cops in this county or are you like your friend Yonts and just don't give a damn about anyone else? Are calling people crooks and "dirty" just because you don't want this scumbucket to serve his time? I despise people who always blame the crooked cops or gov't for everything wrong with their loser lives. This punk killed a good woman and yet it's the "crooked" cops who are at fault. You're headed for a miserable life, oh wait, I guess that's my fault for pointing it out.
yeah i KNOW the cops here and if u watch the news or read the paper u'd no they were dirty too!!!!
i think everyone that had mike ward should get a new trial and i could name @ least 25 cops that have done something illegal. so no i dont put it past them.

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