Formal sentencing for two people convicted in October of killing an Elizabethtown man is today in Hardin Circuit Court.
A jury in about two hours Oct. 18 convicted Lisa Harvey, 52, of Elizabethtown, and Rick Fisher, 45, of Louisville, of the 2018 beating death of Andrew Folena outside of his home off Ring Road.
The jury recommended Harvey and her then-boyfriend each serve 30 years in prison. Harvey was engaged to Folena at the time of his death in June 2018. They were sentenced to 25 years on a murder conviction and five years on tampering with physical evidence. The recommended sentences are to run consecutively.
Harvey and Fisher did not testify in the two- and-a-half-day trial.
Hardin Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton can accept the jury’s recommendation or decrease the length of the sentence and/or make the sentences concurrent.
Folena’s body was found June 9, 2018, in a shallow grave by a tree behind his house on Ralph Franklin Road off Ring Road. His body was buried under a light covering of dirt and tree branches. According to an autopsy report by the state medical examiner’s office, Folena was strangled, suffered blunt force trauma to multiple areas of his body and had three stab wounds to his stomach.
Harvey was Folena’s fiancee at the time of his death, was in a relationship with Fisher and was involved in a “friends with benefits” arrangement with another man, Joseph Goodman, according to trial testimony.
Fisher and Goodman lived in the brick home unknown to Folena and also stayed in a barn and garage on the property, according to testimony.
On the day Folena is believed to have been killed, June 6, 2018, he discovered Harvey and Fisher in an upstairs bedroom having sex, according to testimony by Goodman, who said he saw Fisher beating Folena to death later that day through a basement window.
Among the items introduced at trial as evidence was a dark tie of Folena’s that Harvey reportedly used to strangle Folena, 58.
She jumped on his back as he went to a back door after being unable to get in the locked front door of the home June 6, according to a story relayed during the trial by Tonya Dean, a fellow inmate of Harvey’s.
She said Harvey told her when Folena realized what was going on in the house between the multiple relationships and men staying there, he threatened to throw everyone out.
Dean testified Harvey called Folena her Sugar Daddy.
DNA of Fisher or Harvey was not found on any items tested in the case.
They have been in custody since their June 10, 2018, arrests and lodged at the Hardin County Detention Center.
Police received an anonymous tip June 9, 2018, of a possible homicide and found Fisher heavily sweating walking from an area near where Folena’s body later was found.