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Court overturns death sentence for Alabama inmate

Billy Joe Magwood (source: Alabama Department of Corrections) Billy Joe Magwood (source: Alabama Department of Corrections)
MONTGOMERY, AL (WAFF) -

A man convicted of killing an Alabama sheriff wins his appeal.

The 11th Circuit Court overturned 60-year-old Billy Joe Magwood's death sentence.

The Appeals Court said Alabama's law, at the time of the shooting, did not make killing a law enforcement officer a death penalty offense.

Magwood's sentence will now become life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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