Somerset man pleads guilty to murder in crash that killed Berea couple

A Somerset man has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder for causing a crash that killed a Berea minister and his wife.

Brett Whittaker pleaded guilty Tuesday. Whittaker was driving drunk on U.S. 27 in northern Lincoln County last July when he hit a car occupied by John and Lavada Roland, killing them.

The Rolands were preparing to start a church in Lincoln County.

The prosecutor, Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery, said Whittaker's plea deal includes a recommended sentence of 20 years in prison.

Whittaker, who is in his late 20s, would have to serve 85 percent of that sentence because the crime was considered violent, Montgomery said.

Whittaker was on probation on an assault charge at the time of the crash and was not supposed to be drinking, Montgomery said.

His probation was revoked after the wreck. He is serving a seven-year sentence; his sentence in the Lincoln County case would begin after that term, Montgomery said.

Whittaker is scheduled to be sentenced in late August.

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