November 27, 2013

Man receives 35 years for girlfriend’s murder

By Nita Johnson
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — The man who stabbed his girlfriend to death last year was sentenced in Laurel Circuit Court on Monday.

Sean D. Messer, 35, stood before Laurel Circuit Judge Greg Lay on Monday to be formally sentenced for the 2012 murder of his girlfriend, Pamela Honeycutt Bobbitt.

Lay upheld the plea agreement Messer entered earlier this month, sentencing Messer to serve 35 years in prison and 20 years before he can go before the parole board.

Messer was set for a jury trial on Nov. 12, where he was charged with the Oct. 22, 2012 stabbing death of 25-year-old Bobbitt.

The two had a rocky relationship, according to Bobbitt’s family members, and the final argument came after Bobbitt rode to McDonald’s with her sister and returned home. Neighbors reported seeing Messer and Bobbitt engaged in an altercation in the front yard of the couple’s apartment, off South Laurel Road. The evidence of the fight was Bobbitt’s uneaten sandwich and fries lying in the yard near the blood splattered front door the following morning.

The fight went indoors, with furniture and debris scattered through the house, and into the kitchen in the rear of the apartment. It was there that Messer grabbed a knife and began stabbing Bobbitt.

Witnesses at the scene — including Bobbitt’s sister and one of her own children — saw the stabbing and called police and an ambulance, but Bobbitt was pronounced dead on arrival to Saint Joseph London.

Messer fled the scene after stabbing Bobbitt, and was captured later by London police officers when he went to a nearby car dealership and tried to take Bobbitt’s car from the lot where she had left it earlier that day for some repairs.

Messer has been held in the Laurel County Detention Center since his arrest in the early morning hours of Oct. 23.