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Guilty Verdicts In Hamilton Firefighter Death

A jury finds Billy Tucker (left) and Lester Parker guilty in the death of Hamilton Fire Fighter Patrick Wolterman.

Guilty on all counts. That's the verdict from a Butler County jury in the 2015 death of Hamilton Fire Fighter Patrick Wolterman.The jury finds Lester Parker and his nephew, Billy Tucker,  guilty of arson and murder for setting a Dec. 28, 2015 fire. Wolterman died after falling through the floor while responding to the blaze.

Judge Greg Stephens handed down a mandatory sentence of life in prison with the eligibility of parole in 15 years.

Prosecutors say Parker enlisted Tucker's help to burn his home in order to collect the insurance money. Both men denied those allegations when testifying in their own defenses.

Bre Wolterman, Patrick's widow, spoke briefly after the verdict asking the judge for the maximum sentence. She says the two men robbed her of her future.

"They not only took my husband from me, they took my life away," she says. "We didn't even get to have children yet. They took that away from me."

The Woltermans were married for just about seven months before the incident.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.