, Corbin, KY

February 20, 2013

Plea agreement reached in death of constable candidate

The Times-Tribune

CORBIN — By John L. Ross

Staff Writer

A plea agreement was reached in the case of William Sulfridge, 40, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of constable candidate Dennis Russell Meadors.

Sulfridge was remanded to the Whitley County Detention Center by Circuit Judge Paul K. Winchester Monday to begin serving his three-year sentence. He was represented by defense attorney Ron Findell. Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Robert Stevens led the case against Sulfridge.

Meadors was killed in April 2010 by a single gunshot wound to the back while the two men were turkey hunting near Concord Church Road in Whitley County.

The deadly bullet came from a 12-gauge shotgun.

Sulfridge had been released on a $15,000 property bond prior to the agreement. Other charges he faces — possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and two counts of tampering with evidence — will be addressed in the courtroom July 25. The tampering with evidence charges stem from Sulfridge allegedly handling Meador’s weapon after the shooting.

His previous felony conviction came in 2004 after being found guilty of flagrant non-support.

He also received misdemeanor charges from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife for allegedly hunting out of season and without a license. Those misdemeanor charges came in 2010.