MOUNT VERNON - Travis Bonham, who was charged with the murders of his mother, Sandra Stelk, 50, and his girlfriend, Jamie Lynn Barber, 23, pled guilty to two counts of aggravated murder, one count of grand theft, two counts of tampering with evidence, grand theft of a vehicle, and having a weapon under disability today in the courtroom of Knox County Common Pleas Judge Otho Eyster as part of a plea deal.
According to the Knox County Prosecutor's Office, Bonham, 31, allegedly shot and killed the women at the Coshocton Rd. home of his mother on September 29 and led police on a nearly week long manhunt before he was spotted by Mount Vernon Police officer David McElroy on October 4. After a short pursuit, Bonham, along with the driver of the vehicle, Ashli Price, were arrested on Lafayette Rd. in Licking County.
After his arrest, Bonham confessed to shooting the women with a pistol while high on bath salts.
The grand theft of a vehicle charge stemmed from the theft of a Dodge Charger after the murders. It was later recovered by Columbus Police.
Bonham will not be eligible for parole until 2058 as part of the deal. He will be 73 years old at that time.
Knox County court records show that Bonham was convicted of receiving
stolen property, a fifth degree felony and hypodermic possession in 2014
and was released from prison on July 31 of last year. He also has had
numerous domestic violence charges against him in Licking County.