Burkeen Pleads Guilty, 10-Year Sentence Expected
By WestKyStar Staff
BENTON, KY - Circuit Judge Dennis Foust is prepared to sign a plea deal in the case of a man responsible for a deadly car crash that killed a Marshall County teenager.
Multiple sources say Foust is expected to sign the agreement Wednesday, after mediation with Cory Burkeen and his lawyer on Tuesday. His murder charge has been amended to 2nd Degree Manslaughter, and he also faces two counts of wanton endangerment and 1st degree assault.
Police say Burkeen was responsible for the May 2012 crash that injured 19-year-old Landon Lovett. She died on November 20 at a Nashville hospital. Burkeen's vehicle apparently crossed the center-line of the road and struck a truck with Lovett and three of her friends inside.
Burkeen is expected to receive a sentence of 10 years in prison.