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Kentucky man gets life in prison for plotting murders of his whole family and killing the hitman he hired

January 31, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Kentucky man gets life in prison for plotting murders of his whole family and killing the hitman he hired

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A man from Kentucky has been spared from getting the death penalty, but will instead spend the rest of his life in prison for organizing the murders of his parents, sister, as well as the hitman he employed to kill them.

Ryan Champion, 38, was sentenced to life behind bars without the possibility of parole on Friday over the 2014 slayings in Cadiz, Kentucky.

Earlier that day, he pleaded guilty to the murders of his parents, Lindsey Champion, 62, and Joy Champion, 60, his 31-year-old sister Emily Champion, and Vito Riservato, 22.

Ryan Champion is pictured left with his family – (from left) sister Emily, mother Joy and father Lindsey, who were all found shot dead on the family’s farm in Kentucky in October 2014

All four victims were discovered dead in the family’s country home with gunshot wounds, WPSD reported.

Champion had claimed Riservato murdered his family during an attack, and he was able to survive before taking the 22-year-old out. However, that account was dismissed by authorities.

Prosecutors allege that the killings were part of a murder-for-hire plot that ended with Riservato’s death as well.

He did not show any visible signs of remorse during his sentencing and declined to speak when asked to by the judge.

Champion was also charged over the death of 22-year-old Vito Riservato (left)

Champion was then faced by family members in court on Friday, including his mom’s sister, Judy Williams.

“You murdered my family – Joy, my sister and best friend, the only one in the world who understood me,” Williams stated.

“That part of a person that makes them human is missing in you. You care only about yourself. You have no heart, no compassion, no soul.
You are an empty shell, and that shell will be kept in a box with bars, locked doors, tall fences and razor wire.”

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“There are some days I don’t want to do anything but sleep. I have nightmares about my family,” Joy’s other sister, Lisa, said. “I have day-mares of my family’s deaths. I have guilt if I laugh because I think my family can no longer laugh.”

Champion’s uncle, Loren, also addressed the court, saying that he is trying to forgive the murderer because it is what Lindsey would have wanted.

The 38-year-old was not hit with the death penalty because executions have been suspended in Kentucky since 2010.

Ann Plotkin, Champion’s girlfriend, is scheduled to face trial in October over charges that allege that she was complicit in the killings.

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