Carlisle man sentenced to 18 years for the shooting death of his mother

A Carlisle man was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for the May 2011 shooting death of his mother.

Samuel Jay Terrell, 20, had pleaded guilty earlier this year to manslaughter in the death of Betty Jo Terrell, 56, of Carlisle. He initially was charged with murder.

Betty Jo Terrell was found dead from a gunshot wound to the head in the apartment she shared with her son.

Blood-spatter evidence pointed to Terrell as the shooter, according to documents filed in Nicholas District Court. There was no sign of forced entry, and Terrell had a key.

Witnesses had told police that Terrell and his mother had gotten into a shouting match, and Terrell then stormed out of the apartment.

Terrell never admitted to the shooting during police interviews, which ceased when a judge entered an order directing police to stop until he was granted access to an attorney.

Terrell was first represented by Lexington defense attorney Gatewood Galbraith. When Galbraith died in January, defense attorney Raymond Bogucki was appointed to represent Terrell.

The commonwealth later urged the state Court of Appeals to rule that it was improper for Nicholas Circuit Court to enter the order that stopped questioning. But in August 2012, the Court of Appeals affirmed the circuit court order.