NEWARK, Ohio (AP) — A judge has sentenced a man to 23 years to life in prison after he admitted fatally shooting a contractor while trying to rob a rented barn in rural in central Ohio last year.
Fifty-year-old Danny Hensley pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the October slaying of Thomas Miller of Pataskala (puh-TASK-uh-lah), east of Columbus.
The 69-year-old Miller was a contractor who kept his tools and supplies in the rented barn near his home. Prosecutors said he responded to a security alert at the barn on Oct. 21 and blocked in Hensley’s vehicle. Hensley, prosecutors said, fired six shots into Miller’s windshield.
Police arrived a short time later, and Hensley was captured after a foot chase.
Hensley has an extensive criminal record in several Ohio counties.