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Woman sentenced in 2017 beating death

May 11, 2019

HUNTINGTON — A woman who pleaded guilty to malicious wounding in the 2017 beating death of a man in Huntington has been sentenced to prison.

Virginia Louise Curry, 28, was given a two-to 10-year prison sentence by Cabell County Circuit Judge Paul Farrell on May 2.

Curry, along with Michael Ray Hughes, 52, and Willie David Layne, 25, were all originally charged with murder in the death of Ricky Allen Roach.

Curry pleaded guilty to the lesser charge in October for kicking Roach at least once.

Police believe a confrontation started between Layne and Roach after Roach allegedly made a derogatory sexual statement about Curry while the three were drinking.

During the trial of Hughes and Layne, Curry took the stand, testifying that the two men demanded Roach leave as they all drank beer together along the railroad tracks near the 1st Street underpass.

When Roach refused, Layne grabbed him and made him stand up from crates they had been sitting on.

Curry then testified that Layne then chased Roach behind a nearby business off 7th Avenue.

Curry told the jury the two men went over to Roach, kicking him in the head and ribs, in different configurations at least three times as he lay unconscious.

When the men told Curry about the derogatory sexual statement, she became angry, went over and kicked him in the head, too, she said.

A passerby found Roach lying unconscious at about 3 a.m. July 7, 2017, behind a business near the 1st Street underpass and the railroad tracks.

In March, Hughes and Layne were found guilty of voluntary manslaughter.