Homeless Man Killed in Racial Lynching Attack
October 20, 2014 11:00am PST
Lexington, Kentucky police made a gruesome discovery inside of Premier Car Wash, a local business which has been closed for months. 50-year-old Brian G. DePreta’s body was found badly beaten in an apparent racial attack. According to the Fayette County coroner, DePreta died from blunt-force trauma to the head.
Joseph Sledge, 29, Thomas G. Lucky, 38, and Kavion Thomas, 24, have all been charged with murder and first-degree robbery for the crime. All three have pled not guilty.
Lucky and Jarrett were homeless and had been seen panhandling near Russell Cave Road and North Broadway, an area in close proximity to the scene of the crime. Investigators have not said if the three attackers knew each other, though they were known to have been loitering at the closed car wash.
After beating DePreta to death, his assailants stole his wallet, which authorities later found at 275 West New Circle Road, near Premier Car Wash. This marks Lexington’s 14th homicide this year.
Lisa Borghi, DePreta’s 26-year-old daughter, is heartbroken over the loss of her father. “He was an adventurous soul,” she said. The two had planned for DePreta to travel to North Dakota to vista Borghi in the days leading up to his death.
DePreta, a father of three, made a living as a roofer and a mechanic, though he had recently fallen on hard times. After moving from Louisiana to Kentucky in 2013 for personal reasons, he became homeless. He has also had past run-ins with the law for theft and public intoxication. Borghi says the thing she will miss most about her father is “his heart.”
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