Life sentence in 2016 murder case

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Seal of Kentucky

Media Release: January 16, 2018

Attention: Assignment Editor
Director of Communications:  Jeff Cooke
Office:                 (502) 595-2340 Ext. 3027
Cell / Text:        (502) 262-5809

LOUISVILLE, KY — On Tuesday, January 9, 2018 a Jefferson County jury fixed a sentence of Life in the trial of Eric Lee Anthony for the murders of Donte Jefferson, Montea Compton and the shootings of five other people.

The charges arose out of an ongoing dispute between the defendant and the victims’ families which culminated in Anthony entering an apartment located in the 2800 block of Rodman Street near Churchill Downs on June 21, 2016 and shooting at the occupants.  In addition to receiving two life sentences for the two murders, Anthony was given two ten year sentences for the shootings of two other occupants and three five year sentences for shooting at three other occupants.  The jury directed that all of the sentences should run concurrently for a total sentence of Life.

Sentencing in the case is scheduled for March 23, 2018.

Following the verdict Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine stated, “Every murder is a tragedy but this case is made more tragic by the fact that Anthony had been in prison and was granted an early release just months before these shootings.  At least with this sentence, we are assured that Anthony will not be eligible to be considered for any release for twenty years.”

Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Ryane Conroy was the lead prosecutor in this case and she was assisted by Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Corey Taylor.  This case was investigated by LMPD Sgt. Jason Vance.

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