Gribbins may serve 14 years for manslaughter

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Final sentencing expected in June

By Jenny Blandford

A New Haven man who was indicted for double murder pleaded guilty to an amended indictment of two counts of first-degree manslaughter and one count of first-degree wanton endangerment during his pre-trial conference Friday in Nelson Circuit Court.

The commonwealth’s attorney’s office recommended that Kenneth R. Gribbins serve 14 years on each count with the sentences to run concurrently.

Gribbins pled guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment for pointing a weapon at another person. For that charge, Commonwealth’s Attorney Terry Geoghegan said his office will recommend an additional three years on that charge, to run consecutive with the first 14 years for a total of 17 years.

Sentencing will be conducted in June.

According to court records, Gribbins entered a home on June 23, 2007, at 292 J.T. Riggs Road with two pistols, a .22 caliber and a .38 caliber, before he shot and killed Robert Anthony “Bobby” Nalley, 36, and William Jaggers, 45, who died at the scene. Gribbins turned himself in to authorities about 45 minutes after the incident and was in possession of two weapons that authorities believe were used in the shootings, according to his arrest report.

He has been in the Nelson County Jail since his arrest on a $2 million bond.