Man sentenced 21 years for stabbing Butler Co. assistant prosecutor

James Terry during his sentencing hearing
James Terry during his sentencing hearing

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - The man found guilty of stabbing a Butler County assistant prosecutor and her brother in May has been sentenced to 21 years in prison and five years probation.

Investigators believe James Terry, 43, stabbed Kelly O'Keefe, 32, and her brother James Daniel O'Keefe, 27, who is also an attorney, on May 6. Both Kelly and James suffered multiple stab wounds. Kelly was taken to the hospital by AirCare.

In September, Terry pleaded guilty to two counts of felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Six additional felony charges against Terry, including attempted aggravated burglary and attempted aggravated murder, were merged during his plea hearing. The maximum sentence Terry faced was 21 years.

Terry was arrested in his Hamilton home on Benninghoffen Ave., and charged by Hamilton Police with two counts of felonious assault.

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