Office of the Attorney General
Three Sentenced in Harlan County Murder Case

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, January 13, 2015  
Contact Information:  Daniel Kemp
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Special Prosecutions today announced the sentencings of a Harlan County man and woman charged with murder and robbery, in addition to the guilty plea and sentencing of a second woman charged in this case.

On Dec. 2, 2014, 38-year-old Timothy M. Turner pleaded guilty in Harlan Circuit Court to charges of murder, second-degree robbery, possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking over $500, and being a persistent felony offender.  Turner’s co-defendant, 35-year-old Rachel A. Osborne, pleaded guilty on June 6, 2013, to murder and first-degree robbery.  On Jan. 9, 2015, Turner’s 58-year-old mother, Nancy Turner, pleaded guilty to first-degree official misconduct.

In May 2011, Turner and Osborne robbed 58-year-old Steve Gibson inside his Harlan County home.  During the robbery, the couple gagged Gibson and restrained him with duct tape.  While Turner and Osborne were stealing items from the home, Gibson suffocated.  Police found Gibson’s body inside his home on June 2, 2011, while performing a welfare check.  Turner and Osborne were subsequently arrested after cashing one of Gibson’s checks at a local bank.  That same day, Nancy Turner, in her role as a notary public, fraudulently notarized a car title for her son.

Pursuant to the plea agreements, on Jan. 9, Timothy Turner received a 40-year prison sentence and won’t be eligible for parole for 18 years.  Osborne received a 20-year prison sentence for her involvement in this case and will not be eligible for parole for 17 years.  Nancy Turner received a probated 12-month sentence and can no longer serve as a notary public.
“I am pleased that the hard work of my Office of Special Prosecutions has resulted in three guilty pleas in this case,” Attorney General Conway said.  “I also appreciate the judge’s decision to follow our sentencing recommendations for each defendant.  As always, my office is committed to seeking justice for Kentucky’s crime victims.”

The Kentucky State Police investigated this case.  Attorney General Conway’s Office of Special Prosecutions handled the prosecution of the case at the request of the Harlan County Commonwealth’s Attorney.

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