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Frankfort teen enters guilty plea to two charges in man's murder

Brooke Kennedy is one of five people facing charges in the death of 21-year-old Jared Banta, who was shot and killed two days after Christmas in 2016 outside of an apartment complex on Schenkel Lane in Frankfort.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The Commonwealth Attorney in Franklin County says 18-year-old Brooke Kennedy pleaded guilty on Tuesday to complicity to second-degree robbery and criminal facilitation to murder.

Kennedy is one of five people facing charges in the death of 21-year-old Jared Banta. Someone shot Banta two days after Christmas in 2016 outside of an apartment complex on Schenkel Lane in Frankfort.

Frankfort Police charged 18-year-old Krishaun Mays with murder and robbery. Kennedy and two other young women, 18-year-old Cameron Montgomery and 17-year-old Victorya Young, face charges of complicity to commit robbery and complicity to commit murder. Authorities charged 21-year-old Kedrick Burton with robbery and complicity to commit murder.

Kennedy is a former Georgetown College cheerleader. Her attorney has said in court that her client was not present at the time of the crime.

As part of her guilty plea, the prosecution recommended the judge sentence Kennedy to 15 years in prison. The judge set a formal sentencing for June 30.

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