• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

150 rally before Exantus sentencing

MARCHERS BEARING SIGNS honoring 6-year-old Logan Tipton walked to the Woodford County Courthouse Tuesday morning before the sentencing of Ronald Exantus, the Indiana man who killed the boy in December 2015. The “63” on many signs was the number Logan wore as a youth football player. Others carried signs protesting a Fayette County jury’s verdict, which allows Exantus the possibility of parole in December 2019. (Photo by Bill Caine)

Logan Tipton’s family, loved ones and others seeking “Justice for Logan” marched to the Woodford County Courthouse Annex on Tuesday morning before the Indiana man who stabbed the 6-year-old Versailles boy to death was sentenced to 20 years in prison for three counts of assault.

Ronald Exantus was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity after 12 hours of jury deliberation. He would have faced the death penalty if found guilty of murder.

“This is about Logan. It’s not about that man in there. This is about Logan,” his mom Heather Tipton told those gathered near the courthouse steps.

A moment of silence in Logan’s memory followed her words. The boy’s great-aunt, Joyce Kinder, then thanked those who participated in the Justice for Logan march.

She said a 20-year prison sentence “did not fit the crime,” before those words echoed through the crowd again and again.

“This was the most heinous crime that this town’s ever seen,” said Kinder during an interview. “And I’ve talked to several retired prosecutors and they cannot believe it. Across the state, they cannot believe it.”

Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordie Shaw, who prosecuted the case alongside his assistant prosecutors, still struggles with the not guilty verdict in March.

“You don’t know what causes a jury to come back with a verdict that’s so nonsensical as that,” said Shaw following Tuesday’s sentencing of Exantus. “We were shaking our heads about it then and we’re shaking our heads about it now – and no doubt for years to come.” When asked about the loss of Logan and the hole his death has left in her family, Kinder said she’s never seen “a baby with that much love.”

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