A Radcliff woman pleaded guilty Wednesday to her role in a 2016 homicide of an elderly U.S. Army veteran inside his apartment.

Eloysia James, 20, accept­ed a 22-year sentence as part of a plea agreement on charges of complicity to commit murder and first-degree robbery. James was 16 when she was arrested following the beating death of Norman Hall, 71, who lived alone in a downstairs apartment on Pin Oak Court in Radcliff. He was found dead Sept. 9, 2016, by Radcliff police.

James must serve 85 percent of her sentence to be eligible for parole – nearly 19 years. She has been in custody for nearly 42 months.

“A crime with this set of facts often goes unsolved,” Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris McCrary said. “ ... We know Ms. James assisted in planning the robbery of Mr. Hall and was present when he was murdered. Despite her youth at the time of the offense, a crime of this magnitude requires a stiff penalty.”

Hall, who retired from Fort Knox and remained in the area, died from multiple blows to his head and face and from being stabbed in the neck, according to an autopsy report.

Hall served 22 years in the U.S. Army. His wife, Un Chu, died in 1988 and is buried in Hardin County.

Aaron Pearson, 27, an accomplice in Hall’s homicide, had complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit first-degree robbery charges dropped in June 2019 by Hardin County Common­wealth’s Attorney Shane Young.

Young said the decision stem­med from James not being truthful during questioning in preparation for a trial that was scheduled to start last year. She was scheduled to testify against Pearson.

Young said in 2019 there was no physical evidence at the crime scene that tested positive to link Pearson to the crime.

“It was her testimony only,” he said.

Pearson, who was arrested by Radcliff police within days of Hall’s death, pleaded guilty last year to complicity to tampering with evidence and complicity to receiving stolen property and was sentenced to 15 years. He is being held in the Powell County jail and is eligible for parole Oct. 1, 2021, according to Department of Corrections records.

When he completes his time served in Kentucky, he will be transported to California where he is wanted on an armed robbery charge, Young said.

“The eventual arrest and subsequent conviction of Ms. James and her co-defendant Aaron Pearson is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Radcliff Police Department,” McCrary said.

James will be sentenced formally Aug. 5 in Hardin Circuit Court.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at 270-505-1757 or jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com.

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