Turney pleads guilty to stepdaughter's death
PADUCAH — After months of negotiating with the prosecution, Jamie Turney, 39, entered a guilty plea in McCracken Circuit Court Thursday.
On June 13, 2011, Turney crashed his motorcycle. His stepdaughter, 14-year-old Kira Bryant, died as a result of the accident.
Deputies say Turney had a blood alcohol level of .09, just above the legal limit. Meanwhile, Bryant was not wearing a helmet.
As part of the deal, Turney's charges were amended from murder to second degree manslaughter.
An emotional Turney said little but left the courtroom wiping away tears.
Prosecutors said Turney may not be a bad person but he did make a bad decision.
"He did something you can't do," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Ramond McGee. "You drink one or two too many and he drove and he crashed and he caused the death of somebody that was a very important part of his family."
Turney's lawyer, Jeremy Ian Smith, declined to comment.
Turney will face sentencing Sept. 5. The Commonwealth is asking for a five-year prison sentence.