WKU Public Radio News Staff
Thu March 1, 2012
Southcentral Kentucky Woman Who Admitted Killing Expectant Mom Receives Final Sentencing
The Butler County woman who pleaded guilty but mentally ill in the murder of an expectant mother showed little emotion and offered no apologies at her final sentencing Thursday.
Kathy Coy of Morgantown admitted using a stun gun to subdue 21-year-old Jamie Stice and then cutting her baby from her body. The two had struck up an online friendship, and a day after Stice was seen leaving her home with Coy, her remains were found in a wooded area of Warren County. Warren County Commonwealth's Attorney Chris Cohron read a statement from Stice's parents.
"My heart breaks everytime I sort through some of her things. As her mother, I shouldn't be doing that. She should be sorting through mine. I should have gone before her," Cohron read.
Stice's baby boy survived the attack. He's healthy and about to turn one year old. Eric Stice says his younger sister was robbed of the only thing she wanted in life...to be a mother.
"She took my baby sister, she took Isaih's mother, she took so much love away that Jamie had to offer for the rest of her life, " said Stice.
Stice's cousin Carolyn Miracle says she was disappointed, but not surprised that Coy offered no apologies to the family.
"If she can say 'I'm guilty' to be able to live, she could at least say 'I'm sorry' to her family, at least take ownership of her actions," insisted Miracle.
Kathy Coy was eligible for the death penalty, but under a plea agreement, will serve life without parole. Stice's cousin Britney Logsdon says not even the death penalty would have been justice.
"Even though she gets life in prison, she gets a roof over her head and three meals a day, and she's got it made compared to a lot of people. It's not justice," commented Logsdon.
Before handing down the sentence, Warren County Circuit Court Judge John Grise told Coy her actions last April were a true display of evil at work, and in his 30 years of law, he's never seen a crime so horrendous.