Two Sentenced in Kenton County for Abusing Children
One man will spend life in prison for raping a child, and another will go away for 15 years for abusing a child.
On Tuesday, Darrin Walker was sentenced to life in prison after he was found guilty on four counts of first degree sodomy of a child under 12 years of age, and one count of first degree rape. Walker, 61, was convicted after a 3-day trial last month.
The jury deliberated for only 15 minutes before recommending the maximum life sentence. Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe agreed with the recommendation.
The case was investigated by Erlanger Police Detectives Tom Loos and Tricia Blake, and prosecuted by assistant Commonwealth's Attorneys Maria Schlectker and Leeanne Beck.
Walker will have to serve at least 20 years before being eligible for parole and would have to register as a sex offender if he is released.
On Monday, Austin Blake Myers was sentenced to 15 years in prison after he was convicted on two counts of first degree criminal abuse. His trial also lasted three days last month.
Myers, 20, was arrested in September of last year after an investigation by Covington Police Detective Nicholas Klaiss revealed that a 4-month old baby in Myers's care suffered eleven fractured ribs, a fractured arm, and a fractured leg, in addition to being severely malnourished. The baby had gained only three ounces in body weight over two months.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Lawrence Hilton prosecuted the case. A jury recommended 15 years, and Judge Gregory Bartlett agreed.