Pair Facing 50 Years In Prison For Slaying

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Two southwestern Kentucky men whom prosecutors allege have ties to a gang in Tennessee are facing 50 years in prison after being convicted of killing a woman in 2008.

A jury in Hopkinsville returned the guilty verdict Friday night in the case of Derrick James and Jordan Young, who were charged with shooting Shyarra Olavarria. Her remains were found May 31, 2008 in a remote area of Christian County.

The Kentucky New Era ( reported that jurors recommended 50 year sentences. Christian County Circuit Judge John Atkins scheduled a sentencing hearing in January for James and Young.

Commonwealth Attorney Lynn Pryor told jurors that Young and James are members of a street gang in Clarksville, Tenn.

A third gang member, Kenneth Hudson, pleaded guilty and led authorities to Olavarria's remains. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
WBKO 2727 Russellville Road Bowling Green, KY 42101-3976 Phone: 270-781-1313 After Hours Hotline: 270-781-6397 Fax: 270-781-1814
Copyright © 2002-2015 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 172021171 -
Gray Television, Inc.