Richard Hurt, Sr.

GALLIPOLIS – A guilty plea has been entered in a case dismemberment case.

Richard Hurt Sr.,47, of Gallipolis, entered the guilty plea Monday afternoon in the Gallia County Court of Common Pleas. Hurt was charged with one count of Abuse of a Corpse, a felony of the fifth degree and one count of Tampering with Evidence, a felony of the third degree.

Hurt had been charged following the discovery of human remains at a residence in West Virginia on July 30, 2016. The remains were later confirmed to be that of Jessica Berry, 32, at the time of her death. As previously reported by the Gallia Hometown Herald, The criminal complaints outline the grisly dismembering of Jessica Berry’s body. Berry had been reported missing until the discovery at a residence off Oshel Road near Point Pleasant, West Virginia.

Gallia County Prosecuting Attorney Jason Holdren said the change of plea was not due to any type of plea agreement.

“It was not done in conjunction with any plea bargain,” Prosecutor Holdren said, “The result today is the same as if he had gone to a jury trial.”

Prosecutor Holdren said the maximum sentence Hurt could receive on the two charges would be a total of 48 months in prison. Hurt will be sentenced on Feb. 26.

While the Gallia County Prosecutor did not say what he will be arguing for concerning sentencing he said it would be “an appropriate sentence” according to the law.

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