Lexington W. Main Street 2021 murder suspect pleads guilty

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Posted at 7:00 AM, Jun 21, 2022
and last updated 2023-10-18 10:55:57-04

Robert Okorley entered a guilty plea on Tuesday to amend his charges.

He pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment, convicted felon in possession of a handgun, and second-degree assault.

According to officials, the Commonwealth did not recommend whether the sentence should be served consecutively or concurrently but noted that the maximum sentence is 20 years.

Restitution is to be determined, and Okorley will be sentenced on December 14 at 1:00 p.m.

A man wanted in connection with the November 2021 homicide of Jesse Jimenez was arrested Monday night.

40-year-old Robert Okorley was arrested on charges of murder, attempted murder, assault, criminal mischief, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon, according to the arrest citation. During Tuesday's arraignment, Okorley pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Jimenez was shot on Main Street, and according to police, he may have been a bystander as Okorley was allegedly involved in an argument with another person at that location. On that same night, a man showed up at UK Hospital with gunshot wounds. Police say there is surveillance video that connects Okorley to that incident as well.

Okorley is currently detained at the Fayette County Detention Center. His next day in court is on June 29 for a preliminary hearing.