Joseph Tucker case: Man pleads guilty to killing Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel security guard
Jesse Folk, WCPO Digital , Casey Weldon, WCPO Digital
11:08 AM, Jun 12, 2013
2:05 AM, Jun 13, 2013
CINCINNATI - The man accused of killing a downtown hotel security guard has pleaded guilty to murder.
Joseph Tucker Jr. was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for the Dec. 7, 2012 stabbing death of 58-year-old Richard Campbell. All other charges were dropped.
Campbell was working at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel when he was found dead in a stairwell.
"I apologize to the family and the community for the tragic mistake," Tucker said to a court filled with Campbell's family and friends.
Campbell's brother, Goodall Campbell, was one of the family members who spoke to Tucker during the court proceeding. He told the man responsible for the death of his older brother that he took away the glue that helped hold his family together.
"[Richard Campbell] was a very important person in our lives as far as the family, keeping us together," Goodall Campbell said, adding that it has been difficult for his family to get together since his older brother was slain.
A court bailiff told 9 On Your Side that Tucker did not give a reason for what happened but said he was drunk and high on drugs and does not remember that day.
During earlier court hearings, Tucker's attorney said he suffers from mental issues and is currently homeless.