A choose in Tennessee sentenced a 29-year-old man to spend practically half of a century behind bars for fatally capturing a 22-year-old lady and dumping her physique in a ditch close to railroad tracks in an unincorporated a part of the state. County Circuit Courtroom Choose Alex E. Pearson on Friday handed down a sentence of 40 years in jail to Patrick Cody Charlton for killing Ashely Vick in December 2019, The Rogersville Overview reported.
Showing in Hawkins County Prison Courtroom, Charlton pleaded responsible to 1 depend every of second-degree homicide, abuse of a corpse, and tampering with proof in reference to Vick’s dying.
The Kingsport native had initially been charged with first-degree homicide. If convicted, he would have confronted a compulsory sentence of life in jail with out the opportunity of parole. Nevertheless, his protection lawyer reached an settlement with prosecutors requiring him to plead responsible to the lesser homicide cost in change for accepting the 40-year sentence, which is properly above the utmost sentence of 25 years usually permitted below state legislation, in keeping with the The Rogersville Overview.
Bradley Wayne Addington in September 2021 pleaded responsible to 1 depend every of tampering with proof, abuse of a corpse, and accent after the very fact in Vick’s dying. In change, Legal professional Basic Dan Armstrong reportedly instructed the newspaper that prosecutors dropped a first-degree homicide cost in opposition to Addington on the situation that he cooperate within the case.
Vick’s physique was found in a ditch close to 770 Tranbarger Street on Dec. 16, 2021. She had been shot twice within the face at shut vary, and police stated they discovered blood and glass within the filth close to the place her physique was discovered, in keeping with a report from the Kingsport Instances-Information. A subsequent post-mortem decided her dying was a murder and the style of dying was a gunshot wound to the top.
A number of witnesses reportedly instructed investigators that Vick had final been seen within the firm of each Charlton and Addington earlier than her dying. Deputies with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Workplace arrested Charlton on Dec. 20, 2019 the place he allegedly confessed to capturing Vick, claiming the incident was merely an “accident.”
“Charlton said the primary shot was unintended and struck Vick within the head,” deputies wrote in a possible trigger affidavit, the Instances-Information reported. The admitted killer reportedly stated the primary shot went off when the car being pushed by Addington went over the railroad observe crossing close to the place Vick’s physique was discovered.
“Charlton stated that Vick started making noise which he in comparison with a deer dying. Charlton then admitted to capturing Vick a second time, later saying in his assertion, ‘I shot Ashely as a result of I didn’t need to see her in ache,”” the affidavit continued.
Charlton and Addington then reportedly tossed Vick’s physique in a ditch and cleaned the automotive of any traces of blood. Addington later admitted to taking the firearm from Charlton and promoting it, per the The Rogersville Overview.
Previous to the sentencing, Vick’s uncle, Johnny Vick, reportedly learn an emotional sufferer affect assertion, telling the courtroom that Vick’s mom’s life was “destroyed” within the wake of her daughter’s dying.
Johnny Vick needs his niece Ashely to recollect for extra than simply being a homicide sufferer. https://t.co/duen3MH8G8
— Rogersville Overview (@RogReview) February 14, 2022
“She will’t convey herself to smile or chortle as a result of Ashely isn’t right here,” Johnny Vick instructed the courtroom.
[image via Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office]
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