Local Man Pleads Guilty to Murder

A Bowling Green man pleads guilty to murder in Warren Circuit Court .

The Commonwealth is recommending Christopher Lee Hackworth serve life in prison for the murder of Lee Ford Johnson.

Johnson was found dead in his Kenilwood Way Apartment July 16 of 2006.

Police say he was killed by several blows to the head with a baseball bat.

Hackworth also pleaded guilty to first-degree robbery and first-degree burglary.

He got 20-years each on those counts to be served at the same time as his life sentence.

He will be eligible for parole in 20-years.

Tonya Ray was Hackworth's accomplice in Johnson's murder.

On Aug. 6 she pleaded guilty to complicity to murder, robbery and burglary, and got the same sentence as Hackworth.

They both will be sentenced Nov. 5.


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