LISBON, Ohio (WKBN) – A defendant convicted of aggravated murder and attempted murder in Columbiana County was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison.
Kevin Kirby pleaded guilty Friday in the 2012 violent death of Melinda Todd at her Salem Township home. It was a trial that was over eight years in the making.
Members of Melinda Todd’s family gave their final statements to the court after Kirby pleaded guilty.
“It’s just not right and that’s a monster, period,” said Elmer Milsom, who knew the victims.
He was also accused of attacking the woman’s then-5-year-old grandson, leaving him for dead but he survived.
“His life is over. He lived day-by-day why he can’t do this with kids,” Milsom said.
Todd’s children also spoke in court Friday with feelings of sadness and anger.
“Every day, there’s not a day that goes by that all of us think about her and wish that she was still here. She won’t ver get to see her grand-babies grow up or be around for anything,” said Todd’s daughter Erin Brickner.
“It’s a damn shame I’m not going to get to meet you physically. It’s a damn shame, cause I deserve that,” said the victim’s son.
Prosecutors claim Kirby was a drug-addicted alcoholic who was nearly broke. They say he was acquainted with Todd and came to learn she had just obtained a prescription for oxycontin. Two days later, they say he went to the victim’s home in Salem Township to rob Todd and leave no witnesses behind.
Kirby’s lawyers argued that they had the wrong man.
Over the last four days, Columbiana County Judge Megan Bickerton sat and listened as people testified before the court. Before she continued on with the court, Judge Bickerton let out a strong remark.
“After hearing the past four days and seen the evidence that has been presented to this court, Mr. Milsom — that’s the act of the monster,” Bickerton said.
Kirby was already in prison on unrelated felonies when he was charged in the case.