Ricky Harding, Jr. was officially sentenced to 30 years in prison for the Second Degree Murder of his wife Summer on May 25, 2014. The sentencing hearing was held last Thursday in Warren County and the sentence was issued by Judge Keith Sutherland. He also received concurrent sentences of five years for Domestic Assault in the Third Degree, 10 years for Unlawful Possession of a Firearm by a Felon, and one year sentences on four counts of misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The murder occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, May 25, 2014, at a house on Audrain Road 923. Audrain County 9-1-1 took a phone call from one of the children, who said Summer had been shot and was bleeding “a lot.” Ricky Harding, Jr. fled from the scene and was eventually apprehended at Audrain Medical Center, where he tried to see Summer during medical treatment. Summer Harding died without regaining consciousness or heartbeat. After initially lying to investigators, Harding said he bought the .45. One of the children said Harding had the gun in the house, loaded, the day before the murder.”