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February 19, 2013

Seagraves sentenced to life in shooting

Ironton woman pleads guilty to killing man while he slept

IRONTON — An Ironton woman was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for the murder of a 53-year-old Lawrence County, Ohio, man.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles Cooper sentenced Ashley D. Seagraves, 24, who pleaded guilty on Monday to shooting Delmar “Buddy” Jenkins of Elizabeth Township while he slept.

Seagraves pleaded guilty to charges of murder, aggravated robbery and third-degree evidence-tampering in connection with the June 10 shooting. She also pleaded guilty to first-degree assault in an unrelated case where she attacked a Lawrence County jailer matron with a shank.

Seagraves’ trial had been scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

Under Ohio law, murder carries a mandatory life sentence, with parole eligibility after 15 years. However, since Seagraves used a firearm, it added a gun specification, which carries an additional mandatory three-year sentence.

Seagraves also received a five-year sentence for the robbery charge, to be served consecutively with the murder sentence. That means Seagraves will have to spend at least 23 years in prison before she can be considered for parole.

Cooper also sentenced Seagraves to five years for assault and three years for tampering, with those terms to be served concurrently.

Seagraves was seven months pregnant at the time she shot Jenkins. She became a suspect after witnesses reported seeing a pregnant woman fleeing from Jenkins’ home.

Seagraves, who gave birth to a baby boy in August, was arrested hours after the shooting in Boyd County on unrelated Kentucky warrants charging her with first-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and prostitution. She confessed to shooting Jenkins following her arrest, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department said.

Seagraves was later charged with stealing a safe from Jenkins’ home the night of the shooting. The safe was recovered by authorities.

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

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