A Fayette Circuit Court jury has recommended that drifter Timothy Scott Meskimen serve 20 years in prison for killing Edgar Hurst, who was found beaten to death last year at a makeshift campsite along North Broadway, near Interstate 75 in Lexington.
The sentence recommendation on the first-degree manslaughter conviction came early Friday morning. The jury also recommended that Meskimen serve five years for tampering with physical evidence in the case, with the five years to be served concurrently with the 20 years for manslaughter.
Meskimen, 39, who went by the nickname "Alabama," was convicted late Thursday, the third day of a jury trial.
Hurst, 50, known to some people as "Cincinnati," left his Northridge Drive home to buy a pack of cigarettes on March 27, 2010, and never returned. His badly beaten body was found several days later at the campsite.
Defense attorneys maintained that Meskimen killed Hurst in self-defense.
The jury also convicted Meskimen of alcohol intoxication and third-degree trespassing in connection with a disturbance at the Sportsman Motel on Winchester Road not long after the killing. Those charges, both misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail, were not submitted to the jury for sentencing recommendation consideration.
Both prosecution and defense attorneys agreed that the time Meskimen already served in jail should suffice as punishment for those charges. Under state law, misdemeanor sentences are to run concurrently with felony sentences.
Meskimen has been in jail since April 7, 2010. Circuit Judge James Ishmael will sentence Meskimen later.