The man convicted of two murders in Kentucky and Indiana more than 30 years ago will serve his second sentence in Kentucky.
Kent Allen Day was convicted in September 1989 for the June 1984 rape and murder of speech pathologist Ann Granstaff, originally of Princeton, in her Madisonville home.
She was the daughter of the late Bill and Joann Granstaff, who were longtime Princeton residents. Bill Granstaff was a well-known artist in western Kentucky.
Testimony in that trial indicated Granstaff was strangled before the rape, and that she may have woken up and struggled before she was stabbed numerous times.
A judge sentenced him to life in prison on the murder charge, 300 years for first-degree rape and 20 years for first-degree burglary.
Before that trial, Day had been convicted of the December 1984 robbery and murder of Michael Spudich in East Chicago, Indiana. Witnesses testified in that case that Day mugged them before crossing the street and shooting Spudich in the head, according to media reports.
He received a 60-year sentence in that case.
While serving that sentence, Day escaped with another inmate from the medium-security Indiana complex where he was being held in 2008, according to media reports at the time. Day was arrested about a week after the escape, following a high-speed police chase in Indiana.
Police said at the time they believe he returned to the Caldwell County area before he was located. Day is also serving unrelated Kentucky sentences for second-degree burglary, theft of property and theft by deception. Earlier this month, Day was brought back to Kentucky and temporarily held in the Hopkins County Jail.
He is currently housed in the Roederer Correctional Complex in Oldham County, according to Kentucky Department of Corrections information.
Murray State University has a memorial scholarship named after Granstaff for students majoring in communication disorders.
The Madisonville Messenger contributed to this report.