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Jury Recommends Life Sentence in OH SWAT Officer's Slaying

June 30, 2017  | 

A jury has recommended life in prison without parole for a man convicted of fatally shooting an Ohio SWAT officer during a standoff last year, reports the Associated Press.

The jury could have recommended the death penalty Thursday for Lincoln Rutledge. The jury earlier this month found the 45-year-old Columbus resident guilty of aggravated murder and other charges in Columbus Officer Steven Smith’s death.

Authorities say Rutledge shot Smith in the head as officers were trying to arrest him on an arson warrant on April 10, 2016. Smith died two days later.

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kevcopaz @ 7/1/2017 8:11 AM

Granted that I know I didn't hear the facts of the case, the jury did. But Im disappointed that someone like this doesn't pay for taking the life of a brother officer with his own insignificant useless life in payment. Instead we allow him to live and feed, and take care of this scum of the next 50 years or so till he dies comfortably in prison. The other possibility is that things change (and they do) and he is allowed parole or release on other grounds and that would be even worse. If he did the crime & was convicted of the crime, he should be executed that way he will harm no other innocent person ever.

Mark Reynolds @ 7/7/2017 6:10 PM

This is a waste of tax payers money,it cost 50,000
dollars a year to take care of a inmate.I know it is
Wrong to kill this prisoner,but if the officer that got killed was your husband,son,dad or the like would
your have the same stance on the death sentence

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