Commonwealth Journal

September 17, 2013

Local woman gets 26 years on murder conviction

Robinson, 22, planned 2011 murder of Rockcastle man

by Heather Tomlinson
Commonwealth Journal

Somerset —

A Pulaski County woman convicted on multiple charges in connection with the 2011 death of a Rockcastle County man was sentenced to more than 25 years in prison.
Commo-wealth’s Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery announced Monday that Jessica Hailey Robinson, 22, was sentenced to 26 years in prison for her role in the December 2011 shooting death of Jackie Bullock. 
Robinson in early August was convicted on charges of wanton murder, first-degree complicity to commit robbery, complicity to manufacture methamphetamine, and second-degree being a persistent felony offender.
Prosecutors during the five-day trial presented a jury evidence that showed on Dec. 1, 2011, Robinson and four others — Gary Lee Kirby, Mary Hannah Hunsucker, Joshua Cameron and Bobby Peters, all of Mt. Vernon — lured Bullock to Peters’ residence with the intent of taking Bullock’s prescription pain medicine and cash, according to Montgomery.
Testimony from the trial indicated that the group had been making and using methamphetamine for several days leading up to the incident. According to Montgomery, Robinson became angry at Bullock because of allegations that he had made about her and another co-defendant, then suggested that the group rob Bullock in retaliation.
Evidence introduced in the trial showed that Robinson knew Bullock had recently obtained a prescription for 150 Oxycontin pills, and made numerous phone calls to him to get him to Peters’ residence. Once Bullock arrived, Robinson left with him in order to allow the remaining co-defendants to prepare for the crime. Upon their return, Robinson remained at the residence while Bullock left to go home.
As Bullock was leaving, Kirby told Bullock to stop and give him his pills, according to Montgomery. Bullock tried to leave, and Kirby fired two shots into the car, striking Bullock in the back and causing his death.
The jury in August, after deliberating, recommended a 22-year sentence for Robinson. 
Peters, Kirby, Hunsucker and Cameron had pleaded guilty to their involvement in the crimes, with Kirby, Cameron and Peters each receiving a 25-year sentence and Hunsucker getting 20 years in prison.
It was during Robinson’s Sept. 13 sentencing hearing when Rockcastle Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette opted to hand down a harsher sentence than what the jury initially recommended. 
“Methamphetamine and illegal drugs are a scourge on the Commonwealth, and Bullock gave his life as a result,” said Burdette. “I am convinced that (Robinson) was the instigator, and but for her manipulation, none of this would have happened.
“I rarely invade the process of the jury, but the law leaves the sentencing to the judge,” Burdette added during the hearing. 
Burdette added an additional four years to the recommended 22-year sentence for a total of 26 years in prison. 
Robinson will be required to serve 85 percent of her sentence before she’s eligible for parole, which means she will have to serve at least 22 years.