Luna Sentenced to Life Without Parole
By WestKyStar Staff
CADIZ, KY - Circuit Judge Dennis Foust has sentenced convicted killer and arsonist George Luna to life in prison with no possibility of parole for killing Debra Hendrickson. The sentence was announced around noon Monday in Trigg Circuit Court. Also, Luna received a sentence of twenty years for arson, after being convicted of burning the mobile home in which Hendrickson was left lying after he struck her.
A jury of three men and nine women on Friday convicted Luna of murder and arson charges in connection to Hendrickson's death in September, 2007, in Marshall County. On Monday, they recommended the sentence to the court, and Judge Dennis Foust agreed with the recommendation.
This is the second time a jury has convicted Luna in her death. The 2008 conviction in Marshall County was overturned on appeal because of an issue with a juror. The retrial was moved to Trigg County when a jury could not be seated.
Friday's verdict came after Luna continued his testimony from Thursday, admitting that he struck Hendrickson over the head, but it was in self defense. He added that witnesses were making up stories and that the prosecution's timeline was only a theory.
Defense attorney Nathan Goodrich argued in his closing statement that Luna made some bad decisions, but his story matched the state's evidence, calling Hendrickson's death a tragic accident.