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Jul 20, 2012 10:18 AM

Man Gets 20 Years In Garrard County Group Home Death

A Garrard County man charged with killing an intellectually-disabled man at a group home where he worked and the patient lived was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the case Friday.

On June 12, 2011, Chester Watkins, another patient, was arrested after Shawn Akridge was found beaten and kicked to death. State Police say 21-year-old Tyler Brock had originally pointed the finger at Watkins.

But after further questioning, police say Brock couldn't keep his story straight. He originally told police he saw Watkins strangle Akridge. Police say autopsy results show Akridge died from internal bleeding.

Brock was arrested after he turned himself in to police.

In June, Brock pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter and abuse of an adult. Both charges carried 10-year prison sentences.

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