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Published On: Mon, Jan 8th, 2018

Windell Jones murder: Victoria Lambert, Braylond Buckler, Tyheim Taylor will finally be sentenced

Another phase in the Windell Jones murder case will come to an end as the final of the five killers convicted last year in the Eliza­bethtown, Kentucky slaying will be sentenced this week.

Victoria Lambert, 20, of Elizabethtown, Braylond Buckler, 19, of Elizabethtown, and Tyheim Taylor, 18, of Radcliff, all are scheduled for formal sentencing. Lambert will be sentenced Tuesday and Buckler and Taylor on Thursday after previously accepting plea deals.

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Hardin County Commonwealth’s Attorney Shane Young made a statement: ““Our hope is to bring some closure to the victim’s family, have sentences that reflect individual culpability and send a message that this type of violent behavior will not be tolerated in Hardin County.”

Taylor and Buckler will be sentenced to 20 years on a count of complicity to commit first­-de­gree robbery; complicity to second­-degree assault and complicity to tampering with physical evidence. They will be eligible for parole after serving 85 percent of the sentences — 17½ years.

Lambert struck a deal for a 10-year sentence and will be eligible for parole after serving two years. She pleaded guilty to charges of facilitation to murder and first-degree robbery.

Taliyah Woods, 22, of Radcliff, who admitted to shooting Jones, 22, once in the chest Jan. 27, 2016, and Mon­ti Lopez-Olivera, 20, of Radcliff, already have been sentenced. Woods accepted a term of life in prison with parole eligibility after 20 years for her role. Lopez-Olivera accepted a 20-year plea deal and will be eligible for parole after serving four years.

Woods confessed July 18 during a plea deal hearing that she shot Jones when he fought back against the five people who entered his residence. She also admitted at the hearing to acquiring the gun from an ac­quain­tance and buying ammunition for it.

Woods pleaded guilty to five charges, including murder, which is a capital offense. In exchange for her testimony in other cases, the prosecution agreed not to seek the death penalty.

According to court documents, the group went to Jones’ home to steal money and marijuana when a fight began, with Woods shooting Jones once in the chest from close range. Jones died at the scene, according to Hardin County Coroner Dr. William Lee.

“I cannot say enough about how hard the Eliza­bethtown Police De­partment worked on this case,” Young said. “Maj. Kelly Slone literally lived at the police department for weeks. All the officers at EPD worked diligently to solve this crime and build a case.

“… As a prosecutor, there is nothing better than having a case that is well investigated and that ends with lengthy sentences for violent criminals,” he added.

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