Hurt sentenced to four years in dismemberment case

By Dean Wright -

GALLIPOLIS — Richard Hurt, 47, of Gallipolis, was sentenced Tuesday afternoon to four years in a state facility in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas after pleading guilty to dismembering the remains of missing Gallia woman Jessica Berry.

Hurt pleaded guilty of his own accord with no plea arrangement offered to the third-degree felony of tampering with evidence and the fifth-degree crime of abuse of a corpse. Hurt was sentenced to three years for the third-degree felony and one year for the fifth-degree felony with sentences to run consecutively.

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By Dean Wright