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Mon October 20, 2008
Pair Gets Prison Time in Currin Death
By Todd Hatton
Clinton, KY – Two people convicted in the 2000 slaying of a western Kentucky woman were sentenced Friday to state prison.
Jeffrey Burton and Tamara Caldwell were two of five people charged in the murder of 18-year-old Jessica Currin, whose body was found behind a middle school in Mayfield.
Circuit Judge Tim Stark sentenced Burton to 15 years in prison and Caldwell to 10.
Burton and Caldwell had entered Alford pleas to second-degree manslaughter and abuse of a corpse. An Alford plea means they did not admit guilt, but conceded there was enough evidence for a guilty verdict. Burton entered the same plea to a charge of tampering with physical evidence.
Two others pleaded guilty to lesser charges and a third, Quincy Omar Cross was convicted in April of kidnapping, raping and murdering Currin.