A Harrodsburg woman was given a probated sentence last week for her role in helping Edd ByiRon Coulter avoid arrest during the first three months of 2003.
Teela Van Arsdale, 27, of 830 N. College St., was sentenced to 12 months in prison after pleading guilty in Boyle Circuit Court to hindering prosecution, a misdemeanor. Judge Darren Peckler credited her with seven days served and probated the remainder of the sentence for two years.
Coulter was the subject of a manhunt in both Danville and Harrodsburg after he allegedly shot and killed Robert Thornton III on Christmas Eve, 2002, in the parking lot of some Danville apartments. Coulter was able to evade police until near the end of February 2003 when he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 423 Sea Biscuit Drive in Danville.
At the time, Assistant Police Chief Jay Newell said police would investigate reports of individuals who may have possibly aided Coulter during his time on the run. Police executed at least two search warrants during the time Coulter was wanted, but both times he was able to escape.