- Associated Press - Thursday, December 29, 2016

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) - A man has admitted to hiring and paying two men to kill a Richmond couple more than six years ago.

News outlets report that 37-year-old Lebruce B. Ellington pleaded guilty Wednesday to seven felony counts, including two counts of complicity to murder.

Ellington told the judge he hired two men, Daniel Keene and Matthew Denholm, to kill 30-year-old Charles Walker for allegedly stealing money from Ja’Kolbe Chenault.

Walker and his 30-year-old girlfriend, Sonsaray Warford, disappeared in June 2010. Their bodies were found in a field in March 2012.

Keene and Denholm have since pleaded guilty to murder. Following Ellington’s plea, Chenault was indicted on two counts of complicity to murder and other charges.

The prosecution recommended that Ellington be given a 35-year sentence. Formal sentencing is set for April 19.

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