A Lexington man entered an Alford plea Thursday to criminal facilitation to murder in the death of an 18-year-old girl who died four years ago this week.
Allen Charles William Burgess, 24, had been scheduled to go on trial next week in the death of Kieara Nicole Green. She died July 2, 2014.
The recommended sentence under a plea agreement is five years in prison. Prosecutors agreed to a lesser charge because witnesses that might have been called to testify at trial were "uncooperative," said Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Amanda Naish.
Green’s mother, Dinah Walker of Nicholasville, addressed Burgess directly in the courtroom as she gave a victim impact statement.
“I forgive you,” Walker said. “My daughter is gone. She won’t be back. But what I want to say to you is my whole family has been disrupted. ...I pray you never have to go through what I went through.”
Then Walker told Burgess to “get hold of yourself.”
“Get to know Jesus. Let him get hold of your life,” Walker said.
Green was among four young women injured when multiple shots were fired into a home on Scottsdale Circle on June 30, 2014. Green died from her injuries two days later but the other three victims recovered.
Burgess, who was indicted in 2016 on a charge of murder, changed his plea during a Thursday hearing before Fayette Circuit Judge John Reynolds. Defendants who enter an Alford plea do not admit guilt but acknowledge there is enough evidence to convict them. Naish put her objection to the Alford plea on the record.
Three counts of assault were dismissed as part of a plea agreement.
Judge Reynolds scheduled sentencing for Aug. 17. Burgess is scheduled to stand trial on robbery on Dec. 4.
Police said Burgess had a long-standing feud with a man who was inside the Scottsdale Circle home at the time of the shooting. Scottsdale Circle is between Hollow Creek Road and Asbury Lane off of Russell Cave Road on Lexington’s north side.
Lexington police tied Burgess to the shooting after they found shell casings and a baseball cap in the yard next door to the shooting.
DNA found on the cap matched the genetic profile of Burgess, and the bullet that killed Green was fired from a 9mm handgun that police found on Burgess.
Green had graduated from The Providence School in Jessamine County only weeks before she was fatally shot. Eager to be on her own, she had moved from her home in Nicholasville to Lexington and was working at a McDonald’s in Nicholasville.
At the time of his change of plea, Burgess was already serving a one-year sentence after pleading guilty in September to wanton endangerment, fleeing or evading police and possession of a controlled substance in Bourbon County.
In that case, Burgess was arrested by Paris police in August 2015 after he nearly ran head-on into a truck after running a stop sign.