Tennessee Man Sentenced for 2012 Manslaughter in Calloway Court

Nov 27, 2013

Credit Calloway County Jail

A Tennessee man charged with killing a woman in western Kentucky has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.  

Calloway Circuit Judge Dennis Foust handed down the sentence Monday to 56-year-old James Paul Cook of McLemoresville, Tennessee.  Cook was originally charged with wanton murder in the death of 37-year-old Desiree Moore of Puryear, Tennessee, but entered an Alford plea in November to a charge of manslaughter.  

Such a plea asserts innocence but recognizes that sufficient evidence exists for a guilty verdict.

Police say he ran over Moore twice with a van he was driving on October 4th, 2012.  

Cook said in an offender statement that he ran over Moore by accident.