George Walker

George Walker

The Adairville man found guilty of murdering his sister-in-law formally received his 55-year sentence last week from Logan Circuit Judget Tyler Gill.

George Walker was given the second longest sentence he could have received on Thursday, March 1, after a jury found him guilty in late January of killing Allison Walker.

The jury deliberated for approximately five hours before coming back with a guilty verdict. The jury also found George Walker guilty of tampering with physical evidence. The jury fixed a sentence of 50 years for the murder charge and five years for the tampering charge and suggested to Judge Tyler Gill that the sentences run consecutively. The jury opted not to give George Walker life in prison, but instead gave him the second highest amount of time he could legally serve.

If he serves all 55 years, George Walker will be 75 years old when he is ultimately released from prison. He was only 20 years old when he was arrested for the murder.

Gill went along with the wishes of the jury during last week's sentencing hearing.

"While we had hoped to get a life sentence, I am very happy with the verdict and the sentence imposed by the jury," acting Commonwealth Attorney Justin Crocker said following the trial. "We appreciate the time and attention of the jurors, and I want to thank every member of our office and every member of law enforcement for the hard work that they have put into this case for over two years. It has been an honor to fight for justice for Allison and her family."

Walker will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years of his setence. He would have been eligible for parole at the same time, even if he was given a life sentence. So, the only practical difference between getting life and the sentence he received is that Walker is guaranteed to be released if he lives to be 75 years old in prison.

George Walker