Lexington man sentenced to life in prison after conviction in retrial

Carlos Lamont Ordway was originally given death before the conviction was overturned.
Carlos Lamont Ordway was originally given death before the conviction was overturned.

A Lexington man who once sat on Death Row was re-sentenced Friday to life in prison without parole for 25 years.

Carlos Lamont Ordway, 32, was convicted of murder in 2010 for the 2007 shooting deaths of Patrick Lewis, 21, and Rodrieques Turner, 25, both of Louisville.

But the Kentucky Supreme Court overturned the conviction, saying that a juror was improperly seated in the case and that a detective was improperly allowed to testify about Ordway's behavior and how it didn't appear consistent with a self-defense claim.

Another Fayette County jury convicted Ordway in July, and recommended that he be sentenced to life in prison without parole for 25 years on each of the two counts of murder, for a total of 50 years.

But by state law, those convictions must be served concurrently (simultaneously) and not consecutively (one sentence after the other).

In Jefferson County, Ordway was sentenced to 15 years for complicity to assault and complicity to robbery in the 2007 robbery of a Chase Bank in Louisville. Two bank employees were wounded in that robbery.

In addition, while he was in the Jefferson County jail, Ordway punched a corrections officer in the throat and caused an injury requiring surgery on the larynx. Ordway pleaded guilty to an amended charge of third-degree assault, for which he was sentenced to five years in prison. That five-year sentence ran consecutively with the 15-year sentence for a total of 20 years.

Fayette Commonwealth's Attorney Ray Larson said it was within Judge Pamela Goodwine's discretion to have the Jefferson County robbery and assault sentences run consecutively to the Fayette murder sentence.

"We would ask you to give him the absolute maximum possible," Larson said. "This man is a very dangerous person, and we hope you keep him in prison for as long as possible."

Goodwine made the five-year sentence for assault consecutive to Ordway's life sentence. Public defender Brian Hewlett said that's possible because the assault sentence is exempt because the offense happened when Ordway was in custody.

Hewlett said "there are grounds for appeal" which will be discussed with an appellate counsel appointed for Ordway.

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