Man sentenced to 30 years for 2012 murder, robbery on Dinsmore Drive

gkocher1@herald-leader.comApril 17, 2014 


The second of four defendants in a 2012 Lexington murder case was sentenced Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Joseph Edward Sales Jr., 24, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murder in the death of Saul Perez Ruiz and 10 years for complicity to first-degree robbery. The terms will run concurrently for a total of 30 years.

Ruiz, 33, was fatally shot on July 16, 2012, at an apartment on Dinsmore Drive. Lexington police said at the time that one or more people apparently forced their way into Ruiz's apartment and opened fire.

Witnesses said it appeared that Ruiz returned the gunfire. Juan Manuel Chavarria was sentenced last week to a total of 30 years for murder and complicity to first-degree robbery.

Kirby Bryan Ruano, who pleaded guilty in December to murder and complicity to robbery, is scheduled to be sentenced July 10, according to Fayette court records. His recommended sentence also is 30 years for murder and 10 years on complicity to robbery, to be served concurrently.

Brittany Ann Shipman, charged with complicity to first-degree robbery, is scheduled for a jury trial June 23. She also is scheduled for a show-cause hearing Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.

Fayette Circuit Judge Ernesto Scorsone is the judge on all four cases.

Greg Kocher: (859) 231-3305. Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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