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Gulley sentenced to life without parole

September 29, 2005

Albany- Thursday, Superior Court Judge Stephen Goss sentenced William Gulley to life without parole, five consecutive life sentences, plus another 150 years in prison.

In 1994, Gulley broke into 81 year old Mary Garner's County Line Road home, attacked and killed her, and also attacked and raped her daughter before leaving with their purses and car.

A jury sentenced him to life in 1998, but last year a judge threw out that sentence and ordered Gulley to be resentenced.

"Is it the appropriate sentence, no. I think he deserves the death penalty, but in light of the victim's desire for closure, and the victim now is in her early 70's, she does not want to be further victimized by more trials through the criminal justice system and more appeals and something that would linger on for ever, or seemingly forever, it was the right decision," district attorney Ken Hodges.

Hodges says Gulley will leave Dougherty County today and be taken to Jackson State Penitentiary until the end of the year. From there he will likely be moved to a maximum security prison.

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