published Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Woman sentenced to 22 years for facilitating murder

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    Jessica Kennedy talks with defense attorney John Eldridge during Kennedy's trial for the murder of Jim Miller in this file photo. Kennedy was sentenced to 22 years in prison.
    Photo by The Knoxville News Sentinel /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

The woman convicted of facilitating the 2010 murder of a Monroe County election official was sentenced to 22 years in prison today.

On Aug. 20, a jury found Jessica Kennedy, 28, guilty of facilitating felony murder, facilitating aggravated robbery, facilitating abuse of a corpse and facilitating setting fire to personal property for her role in the death Jim Miller.

Special Judge Walter Kurtz sentenced her to 22 years for the facilitation of felony murder charge, and added between two and five years for the other charges, to be served concurrently.

Miller, the chairman of the Monroe County Election Commission, was found in the trunk of his burned car with three gunshot wounds to his head in July 2010.

Kennedy was initially charged with felony murder, aggravated robbery, abuse of a corpse and arson, but a jury convicted her on the lesser charges.

Prosecutors admitted Kennedy could not have pulled off the crime by herself and believe she worked with at least one other person. She was the only person charged in the case.

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