Man gets 30 years for killing pastor

| December 30, 2009

COVINGTON, Ky., Dec. 30 (UPI) — A judge in Kenton County, Ky., said a 41-year-old man will serve 30 years in prison for fatally shooting a pastor and trying to kill a deacon.

The Cincinnati Enquirer said Kenton County Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan sentenced Frederick Davis to 20 years for first-degree manslaughter and 10 years for first-degree attempted manslaughter Tuesday for the deadly November 2008 shooting in Covington, Ky.

The first-degree manslaughter charge stemmed from the shooting death of the Rev. Donald Fairbanks while the attempted manslaughter charge was related to the wounding of Deacon Dowdell Cobb.

The two religious leaders were shot by Davis on Nov. 1, 2008, at Ninth Street Baptist Church. Prosecutors claimed the shooting stemmed from Davis suspecting Fairbanks of having an affair with the mother of Davis's two daughters.

The woman, Pamela Sanders, testified in Davis's trial she was having an affair with the pastor and had lied to Davis about the relationship.

Attorney Dennis C. Alerding, who is representing Davis, told the Enquirer his client may appeal.

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