Suspect sentenced in beating death of elderly man

CABELL COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- One of two suspects in a Cabell County murder case entered a new plea Tuesday morning.

Rocco Cooper, 32, pleaded no contest to second-degree murder. A judge sentenced him to 40 years in prison.

A sentence reconsideration is scheduled for Friday, June 21.

Mary Judd-Cooper, 29, was also indicted for the murder. She entered a not guilty plea back in 2017.

Investigators say the pair beat an elderly man to death. John "Backy" Hysell, 73, died in October of 2016. Backy's family members say he was covered in cuts and bruises.