Lloyd Hammond freed despite pleading guilty to manslaughter
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A killer confessed, pleaded guilty in court -- and two days later, walked out of jail.
Lloyd Hammond's 10-year sentence has turned into a fast track to freedom, despite the fact that there are two other murder cases pending against him.
On Wednesday afternoon, Hammond emerged wearing a tattered white dress shirt and sweat pants, carrying boxes of belongings after seven years behind bars.
"Get the [EXPLETIVE] out of my face," Hammond said. "Watch out man!"
On Monday, Hammond pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2006 shooting death of Kerry Williams. He was ordered to serve 10 years -- but he was released due to good behavior and jail credits two days later.
"Ten years is not ten years anymore, so to say we did not see this coming at all would not be correct," said assistant Commonwealth's attorney Leland Hulbert. "But we didn't know it would be this soon."
Hammond was originally convicted of killing Williams, along with Terrell Cherry and William Sawyers in 2010, but the Ky. Supreme Court reversed all three verdicts, saying the cases should not have been tried together, and recorded statements from Sawyers' girlfriend, Troya Sheckles, should not have been shown to the jury.
She was murdered before Hammond's trial.
The other two murder trials are now in flux.
"They had to be dismissed because we're trying to argue that certain evidence should be introduced, and the judge said it should not be, so in order for us to appeal that quickly, those cases had to be dismissed," Hulbert said.
WDRB's Gilbert Corsey asked, " Is it dangerous for him to be on the street? After all, one witness in the case has already been killed, and others aren't coming forward with two pending murder trials."
"I think anytime you have people on the street that have confessed to a homicide -- in this instance manslaughter -- they're a danger to the community," Hulbert said. "But he's entitled to be free based on the laws of Kentucky."
"Man, would you all leave me alone?" Hammond asked the media, as he was being freed.
Hammond never answered a single question. Instead he rushed to a car and sped away. He is known as one of Louisville's most notorious criminals, who narrowly escaped the death penalty, and now Lloyd Hammond could be getting a second chance.
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