OXFORD, Miss. (AP) – A jury in Oxford has convicted 28-year-old Franklin Fitzpatrick of capital murder in the shooting death of a Tippah County sheriff’s deputy.
The jury verdict came down Thursday night. Jurors will conduct the sentencing hearing Friday at the Lafayette Count courthouse.
A judge sentenced Fitzpatrick to life in prison without parole after prosecutors told him the family of the deputy was agreeable to that sentence.
Fitzpatrick, who was on parole for two cocaine sale convictions at the time of the murder, was given habitual offender status.
Deputy Dewayne Crenshaw was killed while responding to a disturbance call on Dec. 3, 2010.
Prosecutors say Crenshaw was shot with his service pistol while he and another deputy were grappling with Fitzpatrick.