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April 17, 2013

Charles Hammer gets 50 years for murder of Herbert "Sprocket" Proffitt

GLASGOW — A Monroe County man received 50 years in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count each of murder and tampering with physical evidence.   

Charles Hammer, 81, of Tompkinsville, was accused of shooting to death Herbert “Sprocket” Proffitt, 81, a former Monroe County Sheriff  and Tompkinsville Police Chief, in August 2012 in Proffitt’s driveway when he exited his home to pick up his mail.

Preliminary autopsy results showed Herbert Proffitt died from a single gunshot wound to the chest.

After Hammer entered his plea and before final sentencing, Proffitt’s only son, Jeff, asked to address the court. He stood at the podium and faced Monroe Circuit Court Judge David Williams and read from a prepared statement.

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