Scott County man sentenced to 56 years for murder of wife - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Scott County man sentenced to 56 years for murder of wife

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Scott County man convicted of killing his ex-wife in 2010 has been sentenced to 56 years.

Robert Petty was convicted back in February of manslaughter for strangling his wife in a jealous rage. Petty looked down and said nothing as he was led from the jail over to the courthouse. The 56-year-sentence was the maximum for voluntary manslaughter, obstruction of justice, and removing a body from a crime scene.

In 2010, Petty choked his ex-wife, Nina Keown, dumped her body, burned her clothes and then lied to investigators for weeks, before finally leading them to her body.

Petty has shown no emotion Tuesday morning in court as testimony was heard from witnesses, including Keown's relatives and friends, as to why Petty should get the maximum sentence.

A convenience store clerk whom Petty robbed at gunpoint in 1999 called him a violent and angry man who cannot be rehabilitated. She said Petty should serve every second of the maximum sentence. Ironically, she was also Petty's former 8th grade Sunday School teacher.

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