Barbour guilty of reckless homicide
A Barren County Circuit Court jury found accused murderer Anthony Barbour guilty of reckless homicide early Thursday evening in connection with the death of 2-year old Laynee Mae Wallace. After receiving the case shortly after 2 p.m., the jury notified Circuit Judge John T. Alexander about 6:45 p.m. that they had reached a verdict, bringing the 9-day trial to a close.
Barbour was charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence, and abuse of a corpse in late May 2015.
The jury found Barbour guilty on the charge of tampering with physical evidence for which he could have been sentenced to a minimum of 1 year and up to a maximum of 5 years in the state penitentiary. Barbour was found guilty on the abuse of a corpse charge which carries a punishment of up to 12 months in the county jail, a fine, or both.
Punishment on the reckless homicide verdict is a minimum of 1 year or up to a maximum of 5 years in the state penitentiary.
After reading the verdict, Alexander instructed the jury on possible punishment for the respective offenses before they began deliberations in the sentencing phase.
The 12-person jury sentenced Barbour to 5 years in the state penitentiary for reckless homicide, 5 years in the state penitentiary for tampering with physical evidence, and 12 months for abuse of a course. They also directed that the sentences are to run concurrently.
Barbour will be eligible for parole after serving 20 percent of his sentence.
Watch for a detailed story relating the final days of the trial.