HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky man convicted in the stabbing deaths of his two sisters has been sentenced.

The Kentucky New Era reports Judge John Atkins sentenced 66-year-old Robert Jerry Rogers on Thursday to 20 years on both murder counts, to be served concurrently.

Atkins ruled Rogers was not insane when he killed Joanne Rogers and Francis Carolyn Coleman in August 2016, but acknowledged his mental illness. Rogers was found guilty but mentally ill on Tuesday.

Family members and Rogers’ defense team had requested leniency because of Rogers’ mental illness.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Lynn Pryor had asked for a harsher sentence, pointing out that the case would have been eligible for the death penalty.

Rogers attorney Clay Beineke says he’s disappointed with Tuesday’s ruling but satisfied with the sentence as it’s the minimum.


Information from: Kentucky New Era, http://www.kentuckynewera.com

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.