Woman convicted of murder loses appeal with supreme court

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By Beth Braden

CAMPBELL COUNTY—The woman convicted in the 2006 murder of Jonathan Pierce saw no mercy when the state supreme court heard her case.

On Monday, a judge ruled that Crystal Miranda Kirby will remain in prison after exhausting her appeals and a post conviction relief petition.

In 2008, Kirby, 29, was convicted by a Campbell County jury for her role in Pierce’s death. Pierce’s body was found in his truck on June 3, 2006 by a member of the Stoney Fork Volunteer Fire Department. He was apparently killed because Kirby and her co-defendants  — Travis Gaylor and Sammy Miracle — believed he was working with police as an undercover drug agent.

At trial, Miracle was found not guilty and walked away a free man. Gaylor pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery in 2009. He is serving a 25-year sentence.

Kirby was convicted of first-degree murder, second-degree murder and especially aggravated robbery.  The appeals court later ordered her murder charges be rolled into one, but her life sentence remained unchanged. 

Kirby will be eligible for parole in 2064 when she is 80 years old.