AKRON, OH (WOIO) - The man and woman who pleaded guilty in connection to the 2018 murder of 18-year-old Samantha Guthrie were sentenced at an emotional hearing on Monday afternoon.
A Summit County judge sentenced Danny Hamby to life in prison with the possibility for parole after 24 years on charges that include murder, possessing weapons under disability, tampering with evidence, and gross abuse of a corpse.
Toni Kenney was sentenced to 16 years for tampering with evidence, gross abuse of a corpse, and kidnapping related to the murder of Guthrie.
As Hamby was escorted from the courtroom following his sentencing, Guthrie’s family stood to applaud and shouted, “Justice for Samantha.”
The two suspects appeared in court last week to change their pleas. Hamby hesitantly pleaded guilty while Kenney asked for new counsel and delayed her appearance several times.
Investigators from the New Franklin Police Department discovered Guthrie’s body in a wooded area on Nov. 25, 2018, approximately three weeks after she was reported missing.
According to Guthrie’s father, who spoke at sentencing on Monday, the 18-year-old’s body was found in the woods decomposing and partially eaten by animals.
The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office said she died of a gunshot wound to her head.
Hamby and Kenney were already locked up in the Summit County Jail on charges related to Guthrie’s disappearance when they were indicted for her murder.