LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A man convicted of murdering a man in 2010 and burying the body in his Old Louisville home has been sentenced to life in prison.
Jefferson County Circuit Judge Mitch Perry rejected Joseph Banis' request Wednesday to have his deal with prosecutors set aside. The Courier-Journal (http://cjky.it/11WMJp7 ) reported Banis read a long statement in court, blaming his boyfriend, Jeffrey Mundt, for killing James Carroll after a night of drugs and sex. Banis proclaimed his own innocence in the statement.
A jury convicted Banis in March of murder, robbery and tampering with evidence. To avoid a possible death sentence, Banis agreed to testify against Mundt last month at his trial.
Mundt was found not guilty of murder but convicted of facilitation to robbery and tampering with physical evidence.
Banis' attorneys have tried repeatedly to have the sentencing deal thrown out.
Information from: The Courier-Journal, http://www.courier-journal.com