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Sentencing for Floyd Co. man who pleaded guilty to murder for a handful of pills

A Floyd County man who pleaded guilty to murder as part of a scheme to steal a handful of prescription pills has been formally sentenced to prison. In October, Benjamin Meek pleaded guilty to murder, assault, robbery, and tampering with evidence in the death of 20-year-old Brian Gayheart back in May. Prosecutors say Meek, and his wife Kaitlyn Crum-Meek, lured Gayheart to a bridge outside Prestonsburg to steal his pills. During a hearing last week in Floyd County Circuit Court, Meek was sentenced to 23 years in prison. Gayheart's mother didn’t know much about whether Brian was involved in drugs, or to what extent, but she says he didn’t deserve to die.

Filed under: Floyd Co. | Prescription pill abuse | Violent crimes | Court cases


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