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UPDATE: Sentence Handed Down in Carter County Death, Arson

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

UPDATE 12/21/12
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Lawrence County, Ky. will spend 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to his role in the death of an Olive Hill man.

Prosecutors say that 49-year-old Robert Limmings, of Blaine, killed Richard Hopkins, 52, of Olive Hill, as part of a burglary and then set his house on fire. This happened in December 2009.

Limmings was originally charged with murder and arson in the case, but pleaded guilty last month to the lesser charges of first-degree manslaughter and second-degree burglary.

Earlier this week, Limmings was formally sentenced to 10 years in prison on each charge to be served consecutively



UPDATE 11/27/12 @ 11:45 a.m.
GRAYSON, Ky. (WSAZ) -- A man from Lawrence County, Ky. charged with capital murder and arson has agreed to a plea deal.

Prosecutors say that 49-year-old Robert Limmings, of Blaine, killed Richard Hopkins, 52, of Olive Hill, as as part of a burglary and then set his house on fire. This happened in December 2009.

Limmings' trial was supposed to start Tuesday morning in Carter County Circuit Court. Instead, Limmings pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of first-degree manslaughter along with second-degree burglary.

Commonwealth Attorney Gary Conn tells WSAZ.com that Limmings is expected to receive consecutive 10-year prison sentences when he is formally sentenced next month.

Shortly after Hopkins' body was found, KSP arrested Limmings on charges of second-degree burglary and tampering with evidence. A grand jury later added the capital murder and arson charges.



UPDATE 6/7/10 @ 1:40 p.m.
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Capital murder and arson charges have now been filed against a man from Blaine, Ky.

A recent Carter County grand jury indicted Robert Limmings,47 on the new charges relating to the death of Rick Hopkins of Carter County.

Kentucky State Police say Hopkins was killed inside his house on Garvin Ridge Road last December. Investigators say the house was then set on fire.

KSP originally arrested Limmings last December and charged him with burglary and tampering evidence related to the alleged crime.



UPDATE 1/5/10
CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- The name of the person killed in a fire last month near Olive Hill has been released.

The Grayson Journal-Times reports the victim is Richard Hopkins, 52, of Olive Hill.

Hopkins was found dead on December 13 at a house on State Highway 2078 in Carter County.

During the investigation, troopers arrested Robert Limmings, 47, of Blaine Ky., in connection with the incident. He is charged with 2nd degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held in the Carter County Detention Center.

An autopsy was performed, but the cause of death has still not been released.



ORIGINAL STORY 12/14/09
CARTER COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Kentucky State Police say a body was found following a house fire near Olive Hill, and now one person is under arrest.

The discovery was made around 9:30 Sunday morning at a house on State Highway 2078 in Carter County.

The name of person who died has not been released, pending notification of family members.

During the investigation, troopers arrested Robert Limmings, 47, of Blaine Ky., in connection with the incident. He is charged with 2nd degree burglary and tampering with physical evidence. He is being held in the Carter County Detention Center.

An autopsy to determine how the victim died is scheduled for Monday.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for updated information.


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