WOODFORD COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – A Woodford County family is still coming to terms with a shocking verdict in the death of their 6-year-old son and brother.
Ronald Exantus will be sentenced in the attack on the Tipton family later this month. He will not be sentenced in the death of Logan Tipton. On that count, he was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
Exantus was found guilty of assault and is expected to be sentenced to 20 years. The jury’s decision caused controversy and outrage but in the face of all that, Heather Tipton is trying to stay positive and influence positive change for the families of crime victims.
Logan was a fun-loving boy who loved football and loved to laugh. Sadly, he never saw his 7th birthday or Christmas of 2015. As he slept in his bed, Ronald Exantus crept into his home and stabbed Logan to death and assaulted his father and sisters.
Even after a jury decided that in the moments leading up to Logan’s murder that Exantus must have been insane, Logan’s mother says she will never accept that verdict.
But, instead of lingering in the pain of the past, she’s moving forward.
"A lot of us want to band together to say we don’t agree with this is is not right, one voice can be ignored, but hundreds or thousands saying the same exact thing maybe someone will learn," Heather Tipton told LEX 18.
Heather is planning a peace march to the Woodford County Courthouse the day Exantus is sentenced.
The family is also selling t-shirts that read, "We demand justice for Logan. His voice will be heard."
Proceeds will go to fight for what Tipton hopes will someday be "Logan’s Law," a bill to grant more rights for victims and their families in court."
Shirts can be purchased for $10 at Shirt Warehouse on Crossfield Drive in Versailles.