The bench trial of former nursing home operator George Houser took more than a month.
Houser was found guilty of all counts of health care fraud, eight counts of failing to pay more than $800,000 in payroll taxes and failing to file personal income tax returns.
He was sentenced to 20 years in prison in August.
His wife, Rhonda Houser, pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony for her role and received five years of probation.
Spriggs saga ends
Robert Timothy Spriggs was sentenced to life without the possibility of parole for murdering his former girlfriend’s father in 2009.
John Gregory Davis, 45, was fatally shot by Spriggs at his Old Dalton Road home on Nov. 17, 2009.
Spriggs was also sentenced for a long list of other crimes, including aggravated assault, for shooting his former girlfriend’s brother-in-law at a home on Clinton Drive on that day while four women hid in an attic.
2 charged with killing child
A mother and her live-in boyfriend were charged with murder in the death of a 2-year-old girl.
Heather Parker and her boyfriend Eric Castro, of 100B Reeceburg Road, Silver Creek, were charged with felony murder, malice murder, felony cruelty to children and felony aggravated battery.
On June 25 emergency officials were called to the intersection of Reeceburg and Booze Mountain roads to reports of an unresponsive child. Castro was found with Kailee in his arms by a driver on the road, who stopped to see if any help could be given to the child, police said.
Castro told those who tried to help Kailee and police that he thought the child was having a seizure.
An autopsy revealed the child died from multiple, blunt traumatic injuries to the head.
2 plead in case of stabbing death
William West and Jonathan Carson pleaded guilty in November to felony false statements and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter, fighting in a public space, false report of a crime, battery and simple battery in relation to the Feb. 20 stabbing death of Tymurius Elkins.
They were sentenced to 10 years with two to serve in prison. The two-year sentence will be suspended upon completion of a boot camp program. The remaining eight years will be served on probation.
Ricky Ricardo Cruz was also arrested, but his case is pending.
Daughter, boyfriend charged in death
Floyd County police were tight-lipped about the October death of Jozell Payne, 76, who was found dead in his Callier Springs Road home.
More than a month later, Payne’s daughter, Laura Ann Payne, 33, of 304 Chambers St., and her boyfriend, Edward Eugene Gaines, 36, of 1 E. Ninth St., were captured in Michigan and charged with murder in connection with Jozell Payne’s death.
Warrants revealed more charges against both suspects, including charges related to the theft of the victim’s vehicle and two guns.
Laura Payne and Gaines were each charged with felony counts of murder and false imprisonment and three counts of felony theft by taking.
Laura Payne was also charged with probation violation as well as felony counts of aggravated identity fraud and harboring a sex offender.
Police have not said how Jozell Payne died.
Father charged in son’s death
Police do not believe that Johnny Wayne Craig deliberately killed his son, but he was charged with murder because he was a convicted felon who had a gun.
Steven L. Craig, 22, was killed in April in a wooded area off Black’s Bluff Road.
Johnny Wayne Craig, 47, of 268 Black’s Bluff Road, was charged with felony murder, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He was convicted of burglary in 1990.