Two men charged in the October 2008 shooting death of Charles I. Holder of Lexington entered guilty pleas Friday in Fayette Circuit Court.
Curtis Franklin Smith pleaded guilty to murder and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, according to the Fayette Circuit clerk's office. The Fayette commonwealth's attorney's office recommended that Smith receive a 20-year prison term on the murder charge and five years on the other charge. Other charges against Smith, including robbery, were dismissed. Smith is to be sentenced July 9.
Christopher Edward Taylor, who was 23 at the time of the killing, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree manslaughter. The commonwealth's attorney's office recommended a seven-year sentence. Other charges against Taylor, including robbery, were dismissed. Sentencing for Taylor was set for July 2, according to the circuit clerk's office.
Holder, 31, was found with multiple gunshot wounds in a breezeway of the Coolavin Apartments on West Sixth Street on Oct. 22, 2008, and died that day at University of Kentucky Hospital. The shooting occurred after Holder and Smith, then 18, met in the breezeway for a drug transaction, according to court records.