Emotional Testimony Precedes Life Sentencing

Emotional testimony from the victim's parents precedes the sentencing of a man and a woman for the murder of a Bowling Green man.

Tonya Ray and Christopher Hackworth were each sentenced to life in prison in Warren Circuit Court on Sept. 13.

In August, they both pleaded guilty to beating Lee Ford Johnson to death with a baseball bat in his apartment July 16 of last year.

Before the pair was sentenced, Johnson's parents spoke to them in court.

"Striking him once outside with a baseball bat. Then dragging him inside and striking him several more times--then robbing him of $19," Johnson's father, Donald Johnson said.

"If you can only imagine seeing your child in a coffin, and being totally unrecognizable. The only thing I recognized were his hands, and they were bruised," Johnson's mother, Marsha Johnson said.

Hackworth and Ray will be eligible for parole in 19 years.

We'll hear what they had to say to Johnson's family on WBKO at 10..

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  • by Jay on Sep 15, 2007 at 05:18 AM
    I think that this man, needs to be known as the drug dealer that he was. I don't think it gives anyone the right to die, but if the police did their job, getting drug dealers off the street. He would have been in jail and the two that killed him, would not have had their dealer to get the drugs from that took his life. As a parent, I think that they need to understand that, drugs made their child who he was and in turn, where he ended up.
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