Jared Upton enters guilty plea

Jared Upton, 18, of Smiths Grove, is shown above during a Barren Circuit Court proceeding. On Tuesday he pled guilty to murder and tampering with physical evidence. A sentence of 20 years for murder and five years for tampering with physical evidence to run concurrently for a total of 20 years was recommended by the commonwealth. With him, at left, is his one of his attorneys, Mark Smith, of Bowling Green.

A Barren County teenager accused of shooting his father to death entered a guilty plea Tuesday in Barren Circuit Court.

Jared Upton, 18, of Smiths Grove, pleaded guilty to murder (domestic violence) and tampering with physical evidence.

Upton allegedly shot his father, John Upton, with a 12-gauge shotgun multiple times at his home on Old Bowling Green Road on Oct. 31, 2008. He was indicted by a Barren County grand jury on Dec. 19, 2008, for murder and tampering with physical evidence.

A sentence of 20 years for the murder charge and five years for the tampering with physical evidence charge was recommended. Final sentencing is set for Feb. 1, 2010.

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