Prentiss man re-sentenced to life without parole in officer’s death

Published 10:38 pm Saturday, November 3, 2007

Circuit Judge Prentiss Harrell has re-sentenced inmate Cory Maye to life in prison without early release or parole in the killing a Prentiss police officer.

District Attorney Hal Kittrell announced the re-sentencing in a statement Friday in connection with the killing of Prentiss police officer Ron Jones in a 2001 drug raid.

In 2004, a jury in Marion County, where Maye’s trial was moved because of pretrial news coverage, convicted Maye of capital murder and sentenced him to die by lethal injection.

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In 2006, Circuit Judge Michael Eubanks threw out Maye’s death sentence on grounds his attorney should have done a better job during the penalty phase of Maye’s 2003 trial.

Kittrell had said in July that he would not seek the death penalty during Maye’s new sentencing hearing in keeping with the wishes of officer Jones’s family.