Chrissie Royster

GREENUP A woman convicted in connection with a 2008 double homicide in Greenup County has been indicted by a Greenup County grand jury.

Chrissie Nicole Royster took a plea deal in 2014 to reduced charges in connection with the February 2008 slaying of Jeffrey Long and Pamela Willis on Leatherwood Road in Greenup County. She and four other people were ultimately convicted in Greenup County following a five-year investigation into the killings.

Most of the evidence was destroyed in the fire set after the homicides, according to prior reports in The Daily Independent.

She was then sentenced to 10 years in prison for two counts of second-degree manslaughter and other charges.

The grand jury charged Royster this year with two counts of intimidating a participant in a legal process, a class D felony carrying with it between one and five years in prison. The grand jury also added a first-degree felony offender enhancement, which means more time if she is convicted of the charges.

Royster’s indictment states between Jan. 1 and Jan. 3, “she called in a threat to use force against social workers in an attempt to influence their testimony, vote, decision or opinion in the case involving custody of her children.”

Kentucky Offender Search does not show Royster as being on parole or under supervision at this time. She is currently being held at the Greenup County Detention Center on a $20,000 bond, according to online jail records.

Of the five convicted, only 30-year-old Willie S. Burns remains behind bars. The Kentucky Department of Corrections show he is serving his sentence at Eastern Kentucky Correctional Center, with a parole eligibility date in July 2021. His projected release date, according to the department, is in April 2024, with a maximum time to serve until May 2033.

Mitchell Royster, 34, was the first to fold to authorities in the case, taking a plea agreement in 2013 to two counts of second-manslaughter, a conspiracy to commit first-degree robbery charge and a facilitation of first-degree arson charge. Having been incarcerated since 2010 in connection with the homicide, he made parole on Jan. 31, after serving 10 years of his 22-year sentence.

Ashley Craft, 30, was placed under supervision in 2014 after pleading guilty to a robbery conspiracy charge, per DOC records. She is listed as absconded.

No records could be found showing the status of 30-year-old Sammy E. Bertram, who pleaded guilty in 2014 to a conspiracy charge.

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