Man sentenced to 15 years after life sentence overturned

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) – A man whose murder conviction and life sentence had been overturned has been sentenced to 15 years in prison in the 2010 death of his wife.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports that 53-year-old Donald Southworth was sentenced Friday on manslaughter charges after entering an Alford plea in Fayette Circuit Court last month. An Alford plea is not an admission of guilt but an acknowledgment that there is enough evidence to convict.

Southworth had been scheduled for a new trial after the state Supreme Court rejected his 2012 murder conviction and life sentence. The court overturned the conviction in 2014 and ruled that prosecutors had failed to prove that Southworth had placed semen from a used condom at the scene of his wife’s slaying and shouldn’t have been able to introduce it as evidence.