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Man Sentenced to 25 Years in TN Officer's Fatal Shooting

July 28, 2017  | 

A judge sentenced a Tennessee man to 25 years in federal prison Friday on charges connected to the fatal shooting of a police officer in 2015, reports the Associated Press.

U.S. District Judge Sheryl Lipman sentenced Tremaine Wilbourn, 31, during a hearing in Memphis federal court.

Authorities said Wilbourn shot and killed Memphis Police Officer Sean Bolton while Bolton tried to detain him in August 2015.

Prosecutors said Wilbourn used a gun while committing a carjacking as he tried to escape after the shooting. He pleaded guilty in April to carjacking, possessing a firearm during and in relation to the carjacking, and felony possession of ammunition.

Wilbourn pleaded guilty to the three charges under a deal with prosecutors that allowed him to avoid a federal trial. He still faces a first-degree murder charge in state court. State prosecutors said they will seek the death penalty if he is convicted. No trial date has been set.


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