Friday, March 09, 2007
WV Man Sentenced To 20 Years For Murder
A Newton West Virginia man who admitted to murdering a Pike County Man appeared in Pike County Circuit Court today for sentencing after pleading guilty last month. 30 year old Johnny Levi Prater received 20 years in prison this morning after pleading guilty to the murder of 35 year old Shane Hurley of Stopover. Police stated that they believed Prater shot Hurley, allegedly with his own gun back in August of 2006. An ATV rider in the Woodman Creek Area found Hurley’s body in the Tug Fork River in the days after the shooting. Shortly after Hurley’s truck was recovered police searched for Prater, locating him at a residence in the McVeigh area of Pike County. Police never released a possible motive for the killing and since a Prater was able to reach a deal with prosecutors, the details will now never come out in court.