By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
Jason Singleton, who pleaded guilty in May to complicity in his wife’s murder and dismemberment, was sentenced Friday to 30 years in prison.
However, Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Jennifer Smith made a point at the hearing to express her belief that Singleton, 37, was less than truthful in his written confession about what role he played in 24-year-old Angela Frazier-Singleton’s death.
Singleton said he was out on his back deck Jan. 18, 2011, smoking a cigarette, when his former girlfriend, Christina Marcum, 30, strangled and beat his wife to death, according to his allocution.
Singleton admitted he dismembered Frazier-Singleton’s body in an attempt to hide the crime. Her body was found Jan. 19 in several trash bags at the end of Tattler Branch Road in the Valley View community.
Marcum is facing murder and other charges related to the crime, and she is slated for trial March 3.
Smith said it was important to acknowledge that the victim’s family was fully informed and agreed with the plea deal offered to Singleton. She said some in the community may have criticized family members, believing that 30 years in prison was not severe enough a punishment.
“(The family) very much realizes anything we do in court is not enough,” Smith said.
However, with Singleton pleading guilty, it gives finality to his case and prevents it from dragging on through appeals, she said.
Smith, though, was quick to state that Singleton could have given Frazier-Singleton’s family “a true answer” about what happened to their loved one, but instead his written admission was “self-serving” and seemed to disavow most responsibility for the murder.
Under Kentucky law, complicity to a crime is treated the same as having committed the crime and is subject to the same penalty.
Singleton’s attorney Michael Eubanks strongly disagreed with Smith’s characterization of Singleton’s admission, which had been accepted by the court. He said it was an “accurate and well-thought out” statement.
After the hearing, Smith said having Singleton testify in Marcum’s trial was not part of his plea deal.
Singleton also is serving 10 years concurrently to the murder conviction for a crime committed in Somerset the day after Frazier-Singleton’s body was found.
Singleton had fled to Pulaski County and was involved in an armed standoff with police during which he held four hostages at gunpoint.
Sarah Hogsed can be reached at email@example.com or 624-6694.