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Hooks sentenced to life for murder

BY ANDREA MOOREamoore@paducahsun.com

A 2008 murder case has come to an end after Trigg Circuit Judge C.A. "Woody" Woodall sentenced Seth Hooks, 29, to life in prison on Wednesday for the murder of Harvey Choat. 

According to Trigg County Commonwealth Attorney G.L. Ovey, Hooks was also given a 20-year sentence for the first-degree robbery of Choat, which will run concurrently.    

Hooks pleaded guilty on June 11 and was represented by his attorney, Julia Mudd, during the sentencing.    

On March 9, 2008, Choat, 64, was found dead from gunshot wounds in his home in Cadiz. He hadn't been seen for 10 days before the discovery of his body.

Ovey said that Hooks' saving a child in Cadiz from a burning vehicle in 2006 and his drug abuse during the time of the murder came into play when making the recommendation.  

"The defendant's actions in the community all weighed in the mind of the commonwealth when making the recommendation and taking the death penalty off the table," Ovey said. "In this case, I believe justice was accomplished."

Ovey added that the victim's family was satisfied with the life sentence.    

The case had gone cold until 2013 when Trigg County Sheriff Ray Burnam received a Facebook tip after he offered $1,000 of his own money in hopes of solving three Trigg County cases - one of them Choat's case.  

According to Ovey, Hooks will be eligible for parole after serving 20 years of his sentence.

Contact Andrea Moore, a Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8684.

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