Monday, March 5, 2018

Campbell County Serial Burglar Awaits Life Sentence


A man convicted for burglarizing the home of Amy and Bob Bosley just a few days after Bob Bosley was murdered in 2005, was back in a Campbell County courtroom this month on more burglary charges.

Rodney Weinel, 50, was arrested in 2016 and charged with burglary and receiving stolen property for stealing items including a muzzle-loader rifle and hunting equipment from a home on West Miller Road in southern Campbell County.

Campbell County Commonwealth Attorney, Michelle Snodgrass, said that his burglary was particularly scary for the victim, who caught Weinel in the act in her home as she was coming home from a late-night shift at her job as a nurse.


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In 2006, Weinel was sentenced to thirty-five years in jail by Judge Fred A. Stine after he and his cousin, Donald M. Weinel, were accused and convicted of targeting the empty Bosley home.

He was paroled in 2015 just nine years into that 35-year sentence.

"What we'd want as prosecutors is a day-for-day sentencing, but the parole system doesn't always work like that," said Snodgrass. "It puts our office in a difficult position to try to explain to our victims why the people who have committed these crimes are getting out so early."

Back in court this time, Snodgrass and prosecutor, Kyle Burns, asked the jury for a harsher sentence: life.

And that's exactly the recommendation the jury returned.

"It's important for the community to know how quickly someone can get paroled," said Snodgrass. "The first date that was he eligible for parole, he was granted parole. There is no doubt that as soon as he was going to be back in society, he was going to commit a crime like this again."

Weinel will await sentencing in Judge Daniel Zalla's courtroom next week.

Bosley Case and First Burglary

During the Weinel trial in 2005, police characterized the Bosley's secluded log cabins as "easy pickings" for the cousins. Bosley's murder was highly publicized and Amy Bosley was arrested just a few days earlier, so prosecutors said the pair knew the home was empty.

After helping themselves to frozen pizzas and ice teas from the Bosley's refrigerator, the Weinel cousins stole a big-screen television, stereo equipment and leather furniture. They packed those items up in a truck that was stolen a few days earlier from a business in Wilder and sold those items to individuals on the street.


Snodgrass was preparing to give the closing arguments in the two-day trial in 2006, when Weinel took a plea deal after prosecutors presented an overwhelming amount of evidence against Weinel. Part of the evidence used to convict Weinel included a fingerprint lifted off one of the cans of ice tea.

When Stine sentenced Weinel to thirty-five years, Snodgrass said that he had eighteen prior burglary and receiving stolen property convictions.

"This was a guy that had no regard for the property of others," she said. "He broke into a dead man's home, which had just recently been a crime scene and revictimized family members through who had just lost a loved one." 

Amy Bosley was convicted in the 2005 murder of her husband Bob Bosley in their secluded log cabin in Alexandria, Kentucky.

Bosley shot her husband while he was lying down in his bed asleep, and then staged a crime scene, attempting to make it look like an intruder had broken into the home and shot her husband while looking to rob them.

It was later found out that the reason Amy killed Bob was so that he wouldn't find out about her stealing money from the U.S. Government while handling the family's taxes, stealing over a million dollars.

The case received national attention, and Commonwealth Attorney Michelle Snodgrass prosecuted that case.

The investigation lasted a total of ten days. On May 27, 2005, Amy Bosley admitted that she had killed her husband. In Campbell County court on November 3, 2006, Amy walked in smirking at her family. Bosley accepted the plea bargain on account for her children. She would get 20 years in prison with the possibility of parole. 

1 comment:

  1. maybe a solution to the parole solution could change the law to being rejected for parole the same number of times you've been convicted of the same crime. In his case, get turned down 18 times before being considered for early release.

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