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Judge sentences Wagers to 40 years in hatchet killing

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Accused entered plea of guilty but mentally ill

By Sarah Bennett

As Cindy Higdon tearfully read her victim’s impact statement Friday afternoon during the formal sentencing hearing for Jamie B. Wagers, she made no eye contact with the man who admitted to murdering her son with a hatchet.

Wagers, 25, of Elizabethtown stared straight ahead as Christian Higdon’s mother sobbed as she told the court her son’s brutal slaying occupies her first thought of the morning and her last at night.

“One year, three months and 18 days of waking up and going to bed without my youngest son,” Cindy Higdon said.


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