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Convicted Cop Killer Dies At Parchman

PARCHMAN, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi Department of Corrections officials say a man convicted of killing a Belmont police officer in 1977 has died of natural causes at the state penitentiary in Parchman.

MDOC officials say 58-year-old Marion Stanley Osborne died Tuesday.

Osborne was serving a life sentence for capital murder in the death of Patrolman Mickey Gene Johnson. Osborne was convicted in 1978 in Tishomingo County.

Authorities say the 20-year-old Johnson was shot with his own weapon on Dec. 1, 1977. He had been an officer for two years.

A segment of Mississippi Highway 25 in Belmont has been designated as the Mickey Gene Johnson Memorial Highway.