Gray gets two years probation

Published 9:23 am Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Three days following her boyfriend’s guilty plea to manslaughter, Lorraine Gray pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution for her actions in the Sept. 24, 2009 shooting death of Kenny Porter.

According to Escambia County District Attorney Stephen Billy, Gray gave her guilty plea Monday at the Escambia County Courthouse in Brewton.

“There was no evidence that she had prior knowledge that they were going to kill Mr. Porter,” Billy said.

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According to Billy, the hindering prosecution charge was dealt for Gray giving false information and dropping her 38-year-old boyfriend, Clarence Luker, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison Thursday, off in a vehicle following the crime.

Gray received a suspended sentence and three years of supervised probation. The couple was originally indicted on murder charges in the Nokomis shooting.

Luker shot and killed Porter during an argument between the two men and Gray.

On the night of Sept. 24, 2009, Luker and Gray drove to Porter’s home and began an argument with him.

According to Billy, Gray exited the vehicle and argued with Mr. Porter. Gray was threatening Mr. Porter with a rake. Mr. Luker got angry, and in the heat of passion, shot Mr. Porter with a .22 rifle in the chest.

Billy said that Porter was LifeFlighted to a Mobile hospital, where he later died of a single gunshot wound to the chest.