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This profile was last updated on 7/17/94  and contains information from public web pages.

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Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity
Phone: (518) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: s***@***.net
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
12 Mytrle Avenue
Troy, New York 12180
United States

Company Description: Established in 1927 as the Levere Memorial Foundation, the non-profit corporation of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was created to generate funds for the construction and...   more
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Employment History

  • UK Student
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January 2000: Nearly six years after ...
www.leoweekly.com, 17 July 1994 [cached]
January 2000: Nearly six years after the murder, an anonymous tip leads police to a suspect named Shane Ragland, a former UK student.
June/July 2000: The anonymous tipster - who turns out to be Ragland's ex-girlfriend - agrees to assist investigators, recording a series of conversations with the suspect.
July 14, 2000: Police arrest Ragland in Frankfort and charge him with murder.
Aug. 17, 2000: Ragland is released from jail after his father - prominent Frankfort businessman Jerry Ragland - posts a $1 million bond.
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Earlier that week, an anonymous source relayed a tip directing the lead detective to an unlikely suspect named Shane Ragland, the son of a wealthy Frankfort businessman who attended UK at the same time as Trent.
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It sounded implausible, but the deeper detectives delved into story, the more clues they uncovered suggesting Ragland was the killer.
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But with the help of a high-priced legal team, Ragland appealed the verdict, and his conviction ultimately was overturned. By then, the prosecution's key witness would no longer cooperate and the case began to crumble. In the end, the Fayette County commonwealth's attorney offered Ragland a sweetheart deal - plead guilty to second-degree manslaughter and walk out of the courthouse a free man.
The DiGiuros filed a wrongful death suit against Ragland, which Mike DiGiuro says is meant to ensure "this guy doesn't live fat and happy on daddy's money for the rest of his life.
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That client turned out to be Shane Ragland's ex-girlfriend, Aimee Lloyd.
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The motive: Ragland wanted revenge for being blackballed from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
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The list included the name "Shane Ragland" with a line through it.
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In the fall of 1991, Blandford was sharing a dorm with Trent, and on one occasion early in the semester, Ragland visited their room.
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While there, Ragland noticed a calendar with photographs of female UK students, one of whom he bragged about having slept with. That woman turned out to be the girlfriend of an officer in the SAE fraternity, which both Blandford and Ragland were pledging.
When the SAE officer learned of Ragland's boast, he kicked him out of the pledge class.
Soon after, Ragland encountered Blandford and DiGiuro walking across campus and angrily confronted them.
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First Lloyd contacted Ragland via e-mail, and the two exchanged phone numbers.
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Ragland took the bait and the two met for a drink at the bar inside Blue Grass Airport.
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Ragland: You are making me uncomfortable about it now, just thinking about it ...
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Ragland: Of course not. You're scaring me talking about this.
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Ragland: I do too ...
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Ragland: I know ... I made the wrong decision. But there is nothing I can do now.
The next day, on July 14, 2000, Kentucky State Police arrested Shane Ragland and charged him with the murder of Trent DiGiuro.
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Because Ragland, 27, split his time living with his divorced parents, law enforcement searched both Frankfort homes. At his father's house, they found a box of .243 caliber bullets. At his mother's, they found a .243 caliber Weatherby rifle with a right-twist barrel pattern.
Immediately Ragland was transported to the Lexington Police Department, where he maintained his innocence throughout a videotaped interview.
> Ragland admits killing ...
www.courierjournal.com, 28 Aug 2007 [cached]
> Ragland admits killing DiGiuro, will go free
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But as part of his agreement to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, Ragland will go free Thursday.
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The upshot is that Ragland, 34, of Frankfort, wound up serving roughly 4 1/2 years in prison, plus about 14 months in home incarceration while on bond awaiting his second trial.
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"Yes, I did," Ragland answered.
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"I admit," Ragland answered.
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Romines said Ragland had no comment.
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Getting the admission from Shane Ragland of being the shooter doesn't bring Trent DiGiuro back.
I hope that getting the admission of guilt from Shane Ragland doesn't cause Mike DiGiuro to stop commenting on the issues of the day.
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I beg to differ - Ragland will not play for his crime - Trent's life was worth five years, nearly half of it on home incarceration.
That BS about Shane leaving the state is just that - he'll hang around Franfort where his Daddy will still bail him out of everything he'll do and (of course) still have the big fund raisers for the incumbent Judges in Franfort.
Prior to his trial, it was stated that Shane had 62 run-ins with the Frankfort police for everything under the sun......
He beat every one of those raps ...I don't think he ever served a day in jail.Any of you think you could get out of the same?
And now he's beaten murder.
My condolences to Trent's parent and family.
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Shane Ragland, left, entered a guilty plea yesterday in the 1994 shooting death of Trent DiGiuro.
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Shane Ragland, left, entered a guilty plea yesterday in the 1994 shooting death of Trent DiGiuro.
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July 14, 2000: UK student Shane Ragland is arrested.Aug. 29, 2000: A Fayette County grand jury indicts Ragland in the murder.Ragland, who police say was angry at DiGiuro over having been blackballed from a UK fraternity, pleads innocent.March 27, 2002: Ragland is convicted of murder.April 26, 2002: Ragland is sentenced to 30 years in prison. Nov. 18, 2004: The Kentucky Supreme Court overturns Ragland's conviction and orders a new trial.It says a prosecutor prejudiced the jury by mentioning that Ragland did not testify in his own defense.In March 2006, after being asked to reconsider, the court again orders a new trial -- this time based on inadmissible evidence.Aug. 27, 2007: Ragland pleads guilty to manslaughter and is sentenced to time served.
> Ragland admits killing ...
www.courier-journal.com, 28 Aug 2007 [cached]
> Ragland admits killing DiGiuro, will go free
...
But as part of his agreement to plead guilty to a charge of second-degree manslaughter, Ragland will go free Thursday.
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The upshot is that Ragland, 34, of Frankfort, wound up serving roughly 4 1/2 years in prison, plus about 14 months in home incarceration while on bond awaiting his second trial.
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"Yes, I did," Ragland answered.
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"I admit," Ragland answered.
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Romines said Ragland had no comment.
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This is the worst possible outcome that could have occurred had Ragland been found not guilty in a trial.
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Shane Ragland, left, entered a guilty plea yesterday in the 1994 shooting death of Trent DiGiuro.
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Shane Ragland, left, entered a guilty plea yesterday in the 1994 shooting death of Trent DiGiuro.
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July 14, 2000: UK student Shane Ragland is arrested.Aug. 29, 2000: A Fayette County grand jury indicts Ragland in the murder.Ragland, who police say was angry at DiGiuro over having been blackballed from a UK fraternity, pleads innocent.March 27, 2002: Ragland is convicted of murder.April 26, 2002: Ragland is sentenced to 30 years in prison. Nov. 18, 2004: The Kentucky Supreme Court overturns Ragland's conviction and orders a new trial.It says a prosecutor prejudiced the jury by mentioning that Ragland did not testify in his own defense.In March 2006, after being asked to reconsider, the court again orders a new trial -- this time based on inadmissible evidence.Aug. 27, 2007: Ragland pleads guilty to manslaughter and is sentenced to time served.
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