Tuesday, June 29, 2004

On-job shooter gets more time


New case ends with longer sentence

By Janice Morse
Enquirer staff writer

HAMILTON - A judge sent Sophal Prom back to prison Monday for killing a woman in a workplace shooting nearly four years ago in Fairfield.

Prom, whose 2001 guilty plea to a charge of murder was overturned, pleaded no contest to aggravated murder just as her trial was to begin in Butler County Common Please Court.

Judge H. J. Bressler sentenced Prom, 37, to 23 years to life in prison in the slaying of Darlene Adams, 42, of Newport.

On Sept. 28, 2000, Adams was shot 17 times at Prestige Display & Packaging, where both women worked. Authorities haven't disclosed a motive, but court documents say Prom had a history of mental problems.

Prom was found competent in 2001 and pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of murder.

An appeals court reversed that conviction last year, saying Prom got inaccurate information when she made that plea.

Prom's original sentence was 18 years to life. Her plea to the more serious charge Monday carried a sentence five years longer.

With credit for time she has already spent behind bars, the sentence means Prom will be required to remain in prison until at least 2024.

Under her previous sentence, she would have been eligible for release in 2019.

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