5:17pm

Tue June 28, 2011
Eastern and Central Kentucky

Governor Reacts to Nunn Guilty Plea

Governor Beshear says it’s difficult to reach any general observations or conclusions about a murder carried out by a former state lawmaker.  Steve Nunn plead guilty Tuesday to the shooting death of his former fiancée Amanda Ross in September of 2009.

  Fayette Circuit Judge Pamela Goodwine sentenced Nunn to life in prison without the possibility of parole.  The former state representative was scheduled to go on trial for capital murder in August.  Beshear hired Nunn early in his administration to serve as Deputy Secretary for Health and Family Services.

“No one can predict what will happen in people’s lives and this was one of those tragic situations that I don’t know that anybody would have thought would have happened,” said Beshear.

Beshear adds these crimes are difficult to comprehend.

“I don’t think that you can make any kind of general observations or conclusions about this tragedy other than, these kinds of things every once and while happen.  No body can explain it and nobody knows what creates it or causes it, really,” added Beshear.

Nunn also plead guilty to violating an emergency protective order and was given a 12 month sentence for that.