Convicted Killer Sentenced

Convicted Killer Sentenced

Family members react to Sentence
HUNTINGDON, Convicted killer Ken Leighty was today sentenced to spend the next seven to fourteen years behind bars.  But  relatives of his victim, Sherry Leighty, say that's not enough time for his brutal crime.
  
During today's brief formal proceeding, Senior Judge Stewart Kurtz pointed out that it took a plea agreement to put  Kenneth Leighty behind bars for at least the next seven years for killing his own daughter-in-law 14 years ago.
   
The sixty six year old Leighty was  brought into the courtroom with  hands cuffed and legs shackled.  During the formal sentencing,   a sister of  of his victim spoke directly to the convicted killer.

"I just wanted to let ken know not only did he ruin our lives, but he also ruined   the lives of his own grandchildren.   And now they know   what kind of person he really is."

The  brother and sister of murder victim,  Sherry Leighty addressing the court  wanted to make it clear that  they felt their sister's reputation suffered because of her killer's actions.
 
"Most importantly  the main fact that   my sister didn't run off on her children,   the simple fact that ken has lied   and manipulated my  nieces and nephew   for fourteen years.  They were too young to even know  their mother that she was."

The family members said they  would have liked a longer  sentence  as  the result of his  third degree murder plea bargain.

"I mean its just not right.   He took somebody else 's life.    He took another human being's life.  It don't matter if it was my sister or  not,  murder should,   they should be in jail for the rest of their life,  at the very least."
   
While  Judge  Kurtz  agreed this sentence did not fit the crime of murder, he pointed out that it was only with the cooperation of the defendant that the body of Sherry Leighty was recovered.  Her relatives agreed that was an important  part of this investigation.
  
"But he is being held accountable for what he did to our sister.  And as  Richard said,  we have Sherry back. And  that was the most important."

At the end of the sentencing, Judge Kurtz made clear that Leighty will be locked up for at least the next seven years and possibly longer.   Relatives  of the victims said they don't  want to even think about the possibility of  the convicted killer getting out eventually. Reporting live in Altoona, Kevin Flanigan WTAJ News.




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