Albany man sentenced to life without parole in murder case

Albany man sentenced to life without parole in murder case
Jordan Harris

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A judge handed down a second life sentence in prison without the chance of parole for a man in the murder of an Albany business owner four years ago.

Jordan Harris was found guilty of Walter Phelps murder in August, 2014.

The Former Lee County Commissioner and Albany business owner was shot in his North Slappey hardware store during a robbery in 2010. He died one month later.

One of Phelps' sons talked about the impact his father's death has had on the community.

"My mother has been denied her partner in life. My brother and sister have been denied their number one advocate. My brother-in-law and my sister-in-law have been denied a source of comfort and understanding," said Charles Phelps.

Harris is already serving a life prison sentence for a series of other armed robberies in Albany and Lee County.

In addition, Ezekiel James, Jamon Carter, and Ryan Richardson were sentenced Monday.

James was sentenced to 3 years in prison, which he has already served. He was also sentenced to 18 months probation. Carter was sentenced to 13 years probation for conspiracy to commit armed robbery and financial transaction fraud. Richardson was sentenced to 30 years, of which at least 12 must be in prison.

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