James Allen Kirby

James Allen Kirby

MAYFIELD, Ky. — One of three men charged in connection with a Graves County home invasion-turned-homicide was sentenced Tuesday to 30 years in prison.

Hopkinsville native James Kirby briefly appeared in Graves Circuit Court with his attorney, Cheri Riedel, for a short sentencing on a series of amended murder and robbery charges. He initially faced an April 30 trial but opted to plead guilty in March. The commonwealth recommended concurrent sentences on the charges for a total of 30 years in prison.

Police say Kirby and Richard Phipps, both of Hopkinsville, entered the home of Richard and Sharon Jett on Feb. 19, 2012 to rob them of guns and money. Richard Jett died after being shot twice, and Sharon Jett sustained five gunshot wounds but survived.

Another man, Edwin Russell, Elkton, was reportedly acquainted with the victims and drove Kirby and Phipps to the scene but fled when he heard the shots.

Phipps pleaded guilty in September to murder, robbery, burglary and wanton endangerment charges in exchange for a life sentence.

Both Kirby and Phipps are set to testify in Russell’s July 23 trial in Graves County on charges of complicity to murder, complicity to attempted murder, complicity to burglary, four counts of complicity to wanton endangerment and two counts of complicity to robbery.

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