Lloyd Hammond gets 10 years after pleading guilty to manslaughter


by Renee Murphy


Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:48 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 6:51 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A suspected gang leader once convicted of three murders and sentenced to life in prison could be getting out of jail very soon. 

Lloyd Hammond entered a guilty plea Monday, Feb. 10, in a deal that could release him from custody quickly.

“I wager to say that neither side went home happy about the resolution but it’s one we can move on from,” Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Frank Dahl said. “I think justice was served based on what was present and that is not necessarily ever happy when I have to amend a charge or give a reduced sentence to something especially when there is a prior conviction but I think based on what we had before us we did the best we could,” Dahl said.

This case has been ongoing since 2006 when police say Hammond went on a killing spree--shooting three people Kerry Williams, William Sawyers and Terrell Cherry.

On Monday Hammond plead guilty to manslaughter in the death of Williams one day before his trial was set to start.

Hammond had once been convicted of killing all three and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Supreme Court overturned those convictions because an audio recording of the star witness in the case was played at trial.
Witness Troya Sheckles couldn't testify in person because she was killed.

Since Hammond has now pleaded guilty to manslaughter his release from prison could come very soon.

“The statue says he is going to get credit for the time he served so with a 10 year sentence if he served 7 and a half he is entitled to the credit for the time he served,” Dahl said.