Office of the Attorney General
AG Conway Announces Guilty Plea in Harlan County Murder Case

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 02, 2014  
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 guilty plea of a Harlan County man charged with murder and robbery.  This morning, 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, previously pleaded guilty on June 6, 2013, to charges of murder and first-degree robbery.

On May 10, 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.

"I want to commend my Office of Special Prosecutions for its handling of this case," Attorney General Conway said. "My office is committed to seeking justice for Kentucky’s crime victims, and I hope that the two guilty pleas reached in this case bring some measure of comfort and closure to the family of Mr. Gibson."

Pursuant to the plea agreements, Turner will receive a 40-year prison sentence and won’t be eligible for parole for 18 years.  Osborne will receive a 20-year prison sentence for her involvement in this case.  She will not be eligible for parole for 17 years. 

Both Turner and Osborne are scheduled to be formally sentenced on Jan. 9, 2015, in Harlan Circuit Court.

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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