Tuesday, October 10, 2000

Tenant gets 24 years for murder

Covington man sentenced to maximum for shooting landlord in rent dispute

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — The Covington man who shot his landlord in a dispute over $80 in rent was sentenced Monday to the maximum of 24 years in prison.

        Steve Berryman, 38, of Covington, admitted he shot Estill Davidson, 67, in January. He pleaded guilty on Sept. 7 to murder.

        He was sentenced by Kenton Circuit Judge Douglas Stephens.

        Mr. Berryman and Mr. Davidson argued in the early morning of Jan. 26 at the apartment house on Russell Street, according to police.

        Mr. Davidson had gone into the bathroom when Mr. Berryman found his landlord's gun and shot him once through the bathroom door and leaned into the bathroom to shoot him again, police said.

        Mr. Berryman turned himself in on April 6 — the day after police asked for help in finding the person who shot and killed Mr. Davidson.


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