Russell Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison
By Joe Jackson
MAYFIELD, KY - The man found guilty last month of planning a deadly home invasion in Graves County last year received his sentence Monday. Edwin Russell was sentenced to 25 years in prison for several charges including complicity to murder and complicity to robbery. Russell will have to serve at least 20 years before he’s eligible for parole
Investigators said Russell was the mastermind behind a robbery that went wrong, leaving the homeowner, Richard Jett, dead and his wife, Sharon, seriously injured. Russell and two other men, Richard Phipps and James Kirby, planned on robbing the Jetts of guns and money on Feb. 19, 2012.
Police said Russell knew the Jetts and drove Phipps and Kirby to their Mayfield home. Kirby and Phipps entered the home while Russell stayed in the car.
During the attempted robbery, Richard Jett was shot and died a few days after the shooting. Sharon was shot in the legs five times but survived. Russell fled the scene when he heard gunshots.
Phipps pleaded guilty to murder, robbery, burglary and wanton endangerment and is serving a life sentence. Kirby is serving a 30-year sentence on amended murder and robbery charges.