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Gunman will serve life in prison after killing officers

November 16, 2006

Ware County - - A man who killed two south Georgia officers during a shootout almost seven years ago will spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance of parole.  

Today, a jury in Ware County convicted Willie Mitchell of two counts of malice murder and several other charges.

In January 2000, Broxton police officer James Bryant was trying to serve a warrant when Mitchell opened fire.

After Bryant called for help, Coffee County Deputy Almond Merritt rushed to the scene and Mitchell also shot and killed him.

Mitchell's trial was moved from Coffee County to Ware County.

Superior Court chief Judge Stephen Jackson gave him a life sentence and recommended he receive mental health treatments while in prison.

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