Almost five years after an Oldham County High School graduate’s body was found in a driveway in Oldham County, an Indiana man was sentenced to 45 years in prison for his death.
Miles Matthews, 32, of Corydon, Indiana killed Adam Gregg, a 34-year-old 1998 OCHS graduate, in 2014. Matthews admitted to stabbing Gregg with a knife, before stealing his vehicle and using his credit cards.
Matthews pleaded guilty in December 2018 to murder, tampering with physical evidence, robbery and fraudulent use of a credit card under $500.
He appeared in Oldham County Circuit Court today before Shelby County Circuit Court Judge Charles Hickman. Oldham County Circuit Court Judge Karen Conrad recused herself from the case because she knew Gregg’s father.
Hickman sentenced Matthews 45 years for murder, 15 years for robbery, 5 years for tampering with evidence and 12 months for the fraudulent use of a credit card.
“We’re glad it’s over,” Adam’s father Robert Gregg said after the sentencing.
Matthews sentence will run concurrently, meaning he’ll serve a total of 45 years for all charges.
Matthews accepted 45 years in a plea deal from the state last December. He’ll be eligible for parole in 20 years.
Robert Gregg said his son’s case took too long, spanning four years and nine months. He believes it should’ve moved faster than it had.
He also said he was displeased with the sentence Matthews received and he believes he should have to serve the full 45 years.
“I think that’s wrong…he should not be out on the streets again,” he said.
Gregg, now 85, says he was also disheartened at Matthews prospect for parole because there’s a chance he and his wife, who’s 84, may not be alive once his parole board hearings come around.
The case has been a long and emotional one for family, who just a few months ago, in late February, read victim impact statements in circuit court.
Adam Gregg’s wife, Olena Gregg, positively described the man she was married to for almost three years.
“He was the most amazing human being I’ve ever met in my life,” she said.
“You, Miles Matthews, took his chance of ever having a family of his own that he wanted so much… to go see all of the places he wanted to see,” Olena Gregg said. “For that, I hope you will never know what it’s like to be free and what it’s like to be happy. I hope your journey will end in prison.”
According to court documents, Adam Gregg first met Matthews around noon on July 17, 2014 as a driver for his father’s, Robert Gregg’s, taxi company. Adam Gregg arrived at the Red Roof Inn on Preston Highway, after Matthews had arranged for a pick-up.
During a phone call, Adam Gregg told his father Matthews had requested to be driven to an area around U.S. 42 and Ky. Highway 393 in Oldham County, but after that call, Adam Gregg didn’t return calls from his father.
Gregg’s body was later found in a driveway at 5400 Hwy. 42 in Goshen.
According to police, Matthews murdered Gregg with a knife and stole his vehicle. He stopped for gas at the Thorntons in Buckner before eventually heading to Watertown, New York.
Watertown police arrested Matthews on Sept. 7, 2014, after local police sent out a warrant for his arrest nationally.
During his December court hearing, Matthews said he and Adam Gregg drove around Oldham County for a few hours before meeting a drug dealer.
“During that time, we started talking, I got to know him a little better,” Matthews said. “Eventually, I told him what my intentions were going to Oldham County. Adam and I agreed to a deal with some heroin.”
Matthews said once they arrived in Oldham County, he got into a fight with the drug dealer while Gregg waited in the taxi.
“The individual followed me back to the car and was hostile in the window. It was a threatening situation,” Matthews recalled. “Adam Gregg felt threatened and he pulled a knife.”
“His death is my fault and I accept full responsibility,” Matthews said.
Matthews has remained in jail since his 2014 arrest. He is the longest running inmate in the Oldham County Detention Center. His prison placement will be determined by the Kentucky Department of Corrections.