Joshua Gouker receives life sentence

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Posted on July 26, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 30 at 2:02 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Louisville man who pleaded guilty to fatally beating his teenage step-son was sentenced to life in prison Friday in a Jefferson County courtroom.

Josh Gouker admitted to killing 14-year-old Trey Zwicker in a ditch behind Liberty High School in 2011.  He says the attack happened after the teen stole his lighter.

In court Friday, the prosecution recommended a life sentence. The judge agreed and said "I hope I never set eyes on you again."

Gouker initially told police his son, 17-year-old Joshua Young, was responsible for the killing but then changed his story and pleaded guilty in May, 2013.

Young is still set for trial on charges of complicity to murder.

 

 

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