Mother pleads guilty in attack of suspect in her son's death
LOUISVILLE, Ky., (WDRB) -- The mother of a 15-year-old boy who was murdered last year has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an attack against the man who is charged with killing her son.
Kendra Wilson had been facing charges of attempted murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree assault and intimidating a participant in a legal proceeding in an attack on James Mallory, who is awaiting trial in the murder of 15-year-old Gregory Holt.
But last week, Wilson pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of facilitation to commit robbery, wanton endangerment and intimidating a participant in a legal proceeding. She was sentenced to 7-1/2 years in prison.
Prosecutors have said Wilson participated in the robbery and attempted "execution" of Mallory on April 11, 2012, and that hours after that attack, Mallory went to Wilson's home and killed her son, according to court records.
Mallory has denied having anything to do with Gregory Holt's death.
Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Erin White said the result was "fair" given that she would be unable to bring the victim of the crime, James Mallory, in to testify before a jury, since he is awaiting trial.
Under the plea deal, Wilson also had to answer lingering questions police had about what went on that night, White said.
Two men charged along with Wilson in the attack on Mallory already pleaded guilty last year.
Brandon Bartee and William O'Bannon both pleaded guilty to facilitating attempted murder, facilitating first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
O'Bannon agreed to serve 13 years in prison - five years on those three counts, plus eight more from a past conviction.
Bartee was sentenced to seven years in prison, including 3 from the charges in the Mallory case.
Wilson allegedly lured Mallory into an alley and Bartee and O'Bannon, upon her instructions, began talking to Mallory, then pulled guns on him and demanded money, according to court records. Mallory fled and had only minor injuries.
Hours later, Gregory Holt was in his bedroom in the home where he lived with his mother, in the 1600 block of Clover Street, when he was shot multiple times.
Wilson was at the grocery, and after she arrived home about 1:30 a.m., she and two men with her had to pry open her son's locked, bullet-ridden door, according to court records.
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