In Nov. 18 Issue
After more than three years, Ronald Copley plead guilty Monday to murdering his wife on Nov. 8, 2007 in northern Russell County.
The guilty plea came just one day before Copley's trial was scheduled to begin.
Circuit Clerk Tony Kerr said Copley's plea comes with a 20-year sentence and that 17 of those years must be served under the state's violent offender guidelines.
Copley, now 64, will be 81 years old before he is eligible for parole.
Defense Attorney Jeff Hoover had asked the judge to allow Copley to remain under house arrest until formal sentencing but that was denied and Copley was taken immediately into custody following his plea.
The charges of burglary and wanton endangerment were dismissed, Kerr said.
After the shooting death of his wife, Pamela Copley, on Nov. 8, 2007, Copley fled on foot, leading to a manhunt lasting several hours which included members of the Russell County Sheriff's Department, Russell Springs Police Department and the Kentucky State Police, according to authorities.