Monday, November 15, 2004

This here's the south



A Louisville man charged with reckless homicide in the head-butting death of a teenager outside a party in Lexington last year agreed Monday to plead guilty to a lesser charge and could face a year in jail.
Aaron A. Roth, 20, of Louisville was charged in the death of Nicholas J. Holmes, 19, of House Springs, Mo. The incident occurred early Jan. 18 at Royal Lexington Apartments off Virginia Avenue. Holmes died of head trauma after Roth delivered a head-butt and knocked Holmes to the sidewalk. Holmes hit his head on the concrete.
Roth originally was charged with manslaughter and was indicted on a charge of reckless homicide.
Yesterday, witnesses and jurors were sent home, and Roth, 20, signed a plea agreement for fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor that carries a 12-month sentence or a $500 fine. Commonwealth’s Attorney Ray Larson told Circuit Judge Mary Noble that he recommended Roth serve 12 months in the Fayette County jail.

That's the South for you. Now if our fine upstanding citizen, Mr. Roth, had stolen a radiator from someone's car, I would bet a minimum sentence would have been 5 years.



2 comments:

Amy said...

THIS HAPPENED A LONG TIME AGO BUT I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT HAPPEND TO ROTH ALL THIS TIME. (IM NOT VERY INTERNET SAVVY)I HAVE TO SAY I AM SO MAD THAT HE KILLED ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS AND CAN PAY A FINE OF $500. SERIOUSLY. HOW MESSED UP. NOW THIS BOY MURDERED SOMEONE ONCE AND POSSIBLY COULD DO IT AGAIN.$500 DOLLARS AND HES FREE. EVEN HE SERVED 12 MONTHS IN JAIL, THAT IS NOT ENOUGH FOR KILLING A FANTASTIC PERSON LIKE NICK. SHAME ON HIM AND THE COURT SYSTEMS THERE.

Anonymous said...

Dear Amy, I don't know how old your post is. My son and Aaron Roth have been good friends all of their lives. There is a lot things that go into what happened that night. I will skip all of the facts and go right to the emotions. Aaron is not a murderer. There was fight and he head butted Nicholas. Two other frat boys were holding him. Nicholas got up and they all dispersed. One of the guys from here had his arm jerked out of socket. There was three guys from Louisville and 15 boys from the UofK party. They didn't let Aaron off easy. He would not have been found guilty of manslaughter. His lawyer wanted to go to court for self defense...which it was. Aaron turned himself in...a cold hearted killer doesn't do that, they lie until the bitter end.