Family speaks out at sentencing hearing for man's killer


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A Trafalgar man was sentenced to 45 years in prison after pleading guilty to the murder of another man during a dispute about a woman.

Justen Knapp, 20, pleaded guilty to the murder of 20-year-old Bradley Kyle Price of Nineveh in October. Knapp said he repeatedly shot Price in a field north of Morgantown where they had met to fight.

Price’s mother told the court during the sentencing hearing that her son had his whole life ahead of him after recently earning his GED and landing a new job.

Morgan County Superior Court 1 Judge G. Thomas Gray sentenced Knapp to 45 years in prison, the minimum he could receive on the murder charge, and five years on probation. Gray noted that Knapp shot Price five times, but that fact was outweighed by other factors, including that Knapp was 19 at the time of the shooting, that he had no previous criminal record, and that Knapp had given an apology that struck him as heartfelt and not what he is used to hearing from defendants making bids for leniency.

 

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