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Georgetown man pleads guilty to murder, robbery

A Georgetown man pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder in the 2006 death of a Lawrenceburg man.

Kenneth D. North, 40, also pleaded guilty to the second-degree robbery of Anthony Gene Crady, 48. North had been scheduled to go on trial Thursday in Fayette Circuit Court.

In May 2006, Lexington police said North left a gay bar with Crady, robbed him, hit him over the head and dumped him into the Kentucky River. Crady, who had been staying in Lexington, was reported missing on May 8, 2006, and his body was found five days later in the river near the Fayette-Madison County line. Crady’s BMW convertible was found burned in a remote area of western Laurel County.

Fayette Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson said the prosecution recommended that North serve 20 years in prison for the murder and five years enhanced to 10 years in prison for being a persistent felony offender. In 1997, North was sentenced to serve eight years for robbery.

Whether North serves concurrent or consecutive sentences will be left to the discretion of Fayette Circuit Court Judge Thomas Clark, Larson said.