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Boyle Co. Teen Reads Apology In Court, Sentencing Delayed

Posted at 11:53 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 15:56:54-05

BOYLE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18)– A Boyle County teen has spoken openly for the first time since she was arrested back in 2016 in connection to her stepmother’s murder.

Jenna Oakley was supposed to be sentenced Friday, but Judge Peckler said he needs more time to decide.

This comes after a lot of back and forth over where Jenna will spend her sentence before she turns 18 and goes to prison.

Her counsel asked that she undergo treatment at a youth development center in Morehead, which is overseen by the Department of Juvenile Justice, instead of going back to a juvenile detention center.

The Commonwealth argued that since Jenna turns 18 next month, they didn’t believe anything useful would happen in the short time she was at the youth center.

Peckler ultimately said he will make his decision in a written order.

Jenna also read a letter aloud to the courtroom. In it, she states:

“My incarcerations has left me with so many losses. Most of my friends, all of my family, especially my stepmother. I cannot tell you how very sorry I am that I did not try to save her that day almost two and a half years ago. I’m also sorry for all the pain grief and frustration it has caused.”

Oakley’s father, Phillip, says this was the first time he heard her say I’m sorry.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if her attorneys wrote it. Jenna has never showed me any remorse about doing what she did, she killed somebody,” Phillip said.

Jenna faces 15 years in prison. Phillip said that’s exactly where she belongs.