2 men sentenced for murder of 20-year-old Louisville woman in 2016
Two men charged after a shooting in 2016 that left one person dead and another seriously injured have been sentenced.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Two men charged after a shooting in 2016 that left one person dead and another seriously injured have been sentenced.
Aron Ballard, 24, and Anthony Foster, 27, were charged in connection with the April 2016 shooting death of 20-year-old Lottie Eicher in the 2100 block of Bolling Avenue, near South 22nd Street.
That's where Eicher was killed after a witness told police two men entered the back yard of a home and started shooting.
According to court documents, the men fired multiple shots, killing Eicher and seriously injuring her boyfriend who was shot several times.
The defense says Foster and Ballard showed up at the home because people were firing off shots in the backyard, and when the men approached a gunfight broke out.
Prosecutors could not determine who fired first, but say Eicher was in the wrong place at the the wrong time.
Eicher's family and friends packed the courtroom during Wednesday's sentencing, asking the judge to keep both men in prison as long as possible. Eicher's mother, Cheryl Thompson, tearfully addressed the judge inside the courtroom.
"I envy the fact that these young men will receive a defined period of time that they must serve for what happened that day and the choices that were made on April 2, 2016," Thompson said. "You see your honor, my sentence and the sentence of everyone who loved Lottie will not be defined until our last breath."
The judge agreed to accept the plea deals from both men and followed the prosecution's sentencing guidelines.
Foster pleaded guilty to manslaughter and wanton endangerment. The judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors believe the bullet that killed Eicher came from Foster's gun.
Ballard agreed to plead guilty to assault under extreme emotional disturbance and wanton endangerment. He was sentenced to 14 years.
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