Hooks was sentenced to life in prison, but he will be eligible for parole after having served 20 years. He pleaded guilty in June to the March 2008 Choat murder and stealing cash and prescription drugs, which took place at Choat’s home on New Hope Road.
“I do wish you success [in prison], and it sounds like from what you have said today that you are at least armed to be successful there,” said 56th Circuit Judge C.A. Woodall III.
Investigators have said that while Hooks had been considered as a possible suspect in the case, it had been cold until he was arrested last August in Owensboro for an armed robbery and attempted murder at U.S. Bank in Owensboro. While in custody on those charges at the Daviess County Detention Center, Hooks reportedly admitted to killing Choat.
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