Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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May 30, 2008

Car wash shooter sentenced

Accomplices to serve jail time also

CATLETTSBURG — The last of the four defendants charged in a February shooting incident at a Westwood car wash pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

James Eric Estep, 19, pleaded guilty in Boyd Circuit Court to second-degree assault and attempted robbery. Judge Marc I. Rosen sentenced Estep to five years on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently.

Under state sentencing guidelines, Estep will be eligible to meet with the parole board after serving 20 percent, or one year, of his sentence.

Estep was originally charged with first-degree assault and attempted robbery in connection with the shooting, which occurred March 5 at the Aqua Jet Car Wash on Hoods Creek Pike. According to the Boyd County Sheriff’s Department, Estep got out of a car that had pulled into the car wash, and started shooting at another man, Kenneth Hunt, 45, who was attempting to drive away from the scene.

Hunt, who was critically injured in the shooting, drove himself to King’s Daughters Medical Center. He was then flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center.

Investigators have said they believe the incident was drug-related.

Two other defendants, Jeremy L. Scappaticcio, 37, of Flatwoods, and Robert Dwain Halley, 40, of Ashland, entered guilty pleas in the case last week.

Scappaticcio was sentenced to five years; Halley to a year.

Halley was released from the Boyd County Detention Center where he had spent 88 days. The balance of his sentence was probated for two years.

Charges against a fourth defendant, Kimberly Sue Hill, 29, of Ironton, were dismissed.

Others sentenced to prison terms Wednesday by Rosen were:

‰ Anthony Hall, 22, of Ashland, two years for unlawful transaction with a minor.

‰ Robert Hammond, 24, of Ashland, five years for robbery. The charge stemmed from a purse-snatching incident, Justice said.

‰ John Musick, 30, of Ashland, two years for theft.

‰ Cora Pickett, 28, of Ashland, two years for receiving stolen property.

‰ Steven Vance, 49, of Ashland, one year for first-degree drug possession.

‰ Brett Parks, 19, of Ashland, one year for theft.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.

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