Emily Champion’s Brother Pleads Guilty to Family’s Kentucky Murder

No chance of parole

A Kentucky man charged with killing his equine veterinarian sister, parents and alleged hit-man entered a guilty plea to four counts of murder Thursday.

Ryan Champion, 38, also pleaded guilty to the kidnapping of his sister Emily Champion. He avoided the death penalty by accepting a deal. It will send him to prison for life without the possibility of parole.

Lisa Champion says there is no penalty sufficient for what her nephew stole from her family, but adds now he will not be able to repeat his “heinous villainy.”

“Our family members were taken from us; along with them our lives were destroyed,” she adds. Emily’s 26-year-old Quarter Horse mare A BILTRITE AFFAIR lives with Lisa.

Champion initially portrayed himself as the lone survivor of an attack on his family.

He admitted in court to killing, either individually or with his alleged accomplices, his Louisiana veterinarian sister and parents, Lindsey and Joy Champion, at the couple’s Cadiz home in October 2014.

Champion shot Vito Riservato, of Hopkinsville, in the face, according to court documents.  Prosecutors said the murder-for-hire plot ended when Champion killed Riservato.

A judge will sentence Champion on January 27, 2017.


January update

Ryan Champion was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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