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Kristina Hensley Pleads Guilty to Murder, Robbery
September 21, 2010

Prosecutor Robin Piper announces today the indictment of Kristina Hensley on two counts of Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Failure to Stop After an Accident and Theft.

In the early morning hours of August 7, 2010, Hensley, a 35-year old woman from Higginsport, Ohio, was the driver of a vehicle which struck Monroe resident Jae Cho in front of his home. Cho was trapped under the vehicle and dragged for over a mile until Hensley came to a stop at a gas station. Cho suffered severe trauma and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hensley faces 15 to life on the Murder charges, 10 years for Aggravated Robbery, 5 years for Failure to Stop After Accident and 12 months on the Theft offense. The Theft offense pertains to a second victim, involving a different incident, which was uncovered during the police department’s investigation.

The two counts of murder involve the same victim, Jae Cho, however, they are “felony murder” charges, each being premised on a different felony - one alleges the homicide was cause in the commission of aggravated robbery, the other alleges the homicide was cause as a result of a felonious assault with the use of her vehicle.

Prosecutor Piper stated, “The Monroe Police Department and Butler County Sheriff’s Office did an extraordinary job in their investigation, unearthing the details which will eventually allow us to reveal at trial exactly what happened. It is an event that never should have occurred and Ms. Hensley is responsible for the death of Jae Cho.”

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