Tipp City woman sentenced for abusing grandfather’s corpse

Hope Earnshaw-York in court Tuesday. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)
Hope Earnshaw-York in court Tuesday. (WDTN Photo/Justin Kraus)

TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Hope Earnshaw-York appeared in a Miami County courtroom for sentencing surrounding her grandfather’s death Tuesday morning.

The 24-year-old Tipp City woman cried to the judge and her family in the courtroom, saying the incident was drug-fueled.

Earnshaw-York’s mother told the judge to have her mercy on her daughter.

“I’m worried she won’t walk through the door again in my lifetime,” said Earnshaw-York’s mother to judge.

Earnshaw-York was sentenced to three years in prison. She will be credited for time served, which is 547 days.

Earnshaw-York’s two sisters cried to judge blaming heroin addiction and Richard Terrel, the man found guilty for their grandfather’s murder.

“It is a hard position to stand behind someone you grew up with and know they could do something like this,” said an older sister.

Earnshaw-York was found guilty in August for tampering with evidence and abuse of a corpse.

York has been in jail since June 3rd of 2015, along with the 36-year-old Richard Terrel who was found guilty of murder in the death of 88-year-old William York Sr.

York Sr. was found dead in a Kentucky creek in June of 2015. Officials say he died from blunt force trauma to the head.

At the time of his death, he took in his granddaughter, Earnshaw-York and Terrell.

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