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Tennessee man gets life in prison for officer’s killing

November 6, 2018

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A man convicted of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting of a police officer in Tennessee has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Shelby County judge Lee Coffee read the sentence for 41-year-old Tremaine Wilbourn on Tuesday after a jury recommended the punishment. Prosecutors had sought the death penalty.

The same jury found Wilbourn guilty of first-degree murder, carjacking and weapons charges in the August 2015 killing of Officer Sean Bolton in Memphis.

Bolton, who was white, is one of four police officers to be fatally shot in Memphis since July 2011. Wilbourn is black.

Wilbourn agreed to serve life in prison without parole in a deal offered by prosecutors after his conviction Sunday. Bolton’s family rejected the deal and a sentencing hearing was held.

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