LEXINGTON, KY (WAVE) - According to the Fayette Circuit Court, Steve Nunn entered a guilty plea Tuesday morning for the murder of his ex-fiancee, Amanda Ross.
Judge Pamela Goodwine sentenced him to life without parole for the murder and another 12 months for violating a domestic violence order. He could have faced the death penalty if he had been found guilty at trial.
Nunn, 58, who once served as a Kentucky state legislator, was arrested in September of 2009, hours after Lexington police found Ross's body in the parking lot of her downtown townhome near the Lexington Center complex. She had been shot.
Police arrested Nunn - who once served as the Republican representative from Glasgow - at a Bowling Green cemetery where his mother and father are buried not long after Ross was found.
Dale Emmons, a spokesman for the Ross family, says the plea deal came as a surprise, but that the family thinks the life sentence is just.