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.


E-mail jmorse@enquirer.com

Bronson: Lucky nation that loses war to U.S.
Preschool kids share blessings

Grim report on Maupin shadows Iraq takeover
Clermont prayer vigil helps keep hope alive
'He's just a sweet guy'
Iraq becomes a sovereign nation once more
Wisconsin site of Kiser funeral

Child agency's reforms debated
Group proposes axing city tax
New design unveiled for Fountain Square
Tot Lot Posse's home base demolished
Arson likely in four fires
Trial under way for fired deputy
On-job shooter gets more time
State gasoline tax goes up 2 cents a gallon this week
Local news briefs

Fletcher issues spending plan
Cheney touts Davis, Bush
City wants input on Austinburg
Beating victim in hospital
Missing 5-year-old found dead in lake
Dress code for downtown rankles

Enrollment loss means smaller building plan
Part-time teachers pushing for union
Masters of reading
More get degrees, minorities still lag
Groundbreaking is today for Taft High School stadium

Students create robots
Road work to end risky dip
Health center opens $5.8M site
Neighbors digest

Bumiller took path less traveled
Elaine McCarty, teacher and avid volunteer