Woman pleads guilty to helping alleged shooter evade police

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Plea deal includes testify in murder trial

By Sarah Bennett

Tarafa, 26, is charged in the shooting death of Frank Knapp, who police said was shot nine times June 8, 2012, at Memorial Apartments. According to police, Tarafa and Knapp were involved in an argument that led to shots being fired.

In court Tuesday, Hensley told prosecutors and Hardin Circuit Judge Ken Howard that Tarafa sent her a text message June 8 following the altercation and they met in a parking lot.

According to Hensley’s statements made in court, she was aware criminal activity occurred but did not know specifics.

She advised Tarafa not to speak to police and helped him flee, Hensley told the court.

First-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension is a Class D felony, which is punishable by one to five years in prison if found guilty, according to Kentucky Revised Statutes.

The Commonwealth Attorney’s Office has recommended a three-year sentence, which is to be probated for five years. Formal sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 26 in circuit court.

Hensley, who has been lodged since June 9 at Hardin County Detention Center, was scheduled to be released Tuesday night on an unsecured bond.

Tarafa remains lodged at Hardin County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. He faces charges of murder, tampering with physical evidence, two counts of a convicted felon in possession of a handgun and two counts of receiving a stolen firearm.

He is scheduled to appear Feb. 4 in circuit court for a pretrial conference.

Sarah Bennett can be reached at (270) 505-1750 or sbennett@thenewsenterprise.com.