London man given 25 years for fatal shooting

A London man who fatally shot another man in October 2016 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

John C. Stricker, 37, appeared in Laurel Circuit Court for formal sentencing Thursday concerning a lone count of murder, which he entered a guilty but mentally ill plea to last month in exchange for an agreement with prosecutors. During the sentencing, Judge Michael Caperton ruled to follow the recommendations set forth by prosecutors regarding Stricker’s punishment.

As part of the agreement, prosecutors recommended that Stricker serve 25 years — just five years shy of the minimum for a Class A felony.

With the type of plea that Stricker entered, he could potentially spend some or all of his sentence in a specialized facility, according to Commonwealth’s Attorney Jackie Steele, who said last month following Stricker’s plea that he would be assessed and treated at a state prison hospital for his mental illness before possibly moving on elsewhere.

“Once his mental health issues are addressed to the point that he is considered safe to himself and others in the department of corrections, he will be in whatever prison system they deem appropriate,” said Steele, in April.

On Oct. 9, 2016, officers with the London Police Department were dispatched to a Middleground Way residence to investigate a shooting, where Donnie Stone, 62, of London was found deceased within the home. Following an investigation, officers determined Stricker to be the shooter.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Department and Kentucky State Police later found Stricker at a residence in Clay County. During an interview with officers, Stricker allegedly admitted to shooting Stone five times with a .38 caliber pistol, which was allegedly found in his possession and seized.

Stricker was arrested and charged with murder. He was indicted later that month by a Laurel County grand jury, formally charging him in the case.

Stricker currently remains jailed in the Laurel County Correctional Facility where he will remain until being turned over to the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

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