Three sentenced in Knox County murder case

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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT/WKYT) Four years after a deadly home invasion, a Knox County family finally has justice.

Donald Mills was found shot to death in May of 2014.

Five people were charged in connection to the crime. One suspect has died. Another is already behind bars.

The remaining three suspects were sentenced on Wednesday.

"It's been a long 4 years and we finally got this done," said Donald Mills' sister, Melinda Smith.

Christopher Wagner, Elijah Messer and Angela Mills learned their fate inside a Laurel County courtroom.

Christopher Wagner pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for his role in the deadly robbery. In court the Commonwealth stated that Wagner has cooperated throughout the case and has shown remorse for his actions.

Messer was sentenced to 50 years behind bars after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter, first-degree robbery, and persistent felony offender.

Angela Mills, who also pleaded guilty back in 2016 to conspiracy to commit robbery, was sentenced to two years probation. She had already served time behind bars.

Donald Mills family said it's been a long and emotional 4 years, but are glad the case has finally come to an end.

"I mean you got a court date, court date. You have a mistrial last July, after we got the jury picked, but it was well worth it. You know, because they are all pretty much in jail," said Smith.

Christopher Wager handed the family a letter in court Wednesday.

"He is the only one who has showed remorse, the rest of them, they could care less. So the way I look at it, you know they could care less so I could care less about them," said Smith.

Last year a jury found Patrick Baker guilty.

He is serving nineteen years behind bars.

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