Man sentenced to 10 years Monday, walks out of prison Wednesday

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by WHAS11

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Posted on February 11, 2014 at 6:15 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 7:46 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The man once convicted of three murders and sentenced to life in prison without parole walked out of Metro Corrections Wednesday a free man.

Lloyd Hammond pleaded guilty to a manslaughter charge Monday, Feb. 10, and was sentenced to 10 years after his murder convictions were overturned by the Kentucky Supreme Court.

The case against Hammond has been ongoing since 2006 when police said he went on a killing spree shooting three people – Kerry Williams, William Sawyers, and Terrell Cherry.
 
The Court overturned the convictions based on audio recordings of murder witness Troya Sheckles that were played during Hammond’s murder trial. According to the Court’s decision, the recordings were inadmissible because she was dead and unable to testify in person.

Sheckles, Sawyers' girlfriend, was also shot to death. Police said Hammond enlisted his brother, Dejuan Hammond, and another man, Steven Pettway, to kill Sheckles.  Pettway was convicted of killing Sheckles and sentenced to 55 years, Dejaun Hammond is still awaiting trial.

So why is Hammond being released? He was given credit for time served.

Despite being sentenced to 10 years after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter in connection with Williams’ death, he was discharged from the state prison system and was released from Metro Corrections because he has already served seven and a half years.

The Commonwealth commented on the case Monday: “I think justice was served based on what was present, based on what we had before us, we did the best we could,” Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Frank Dahl said.
 

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