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Already serving life, killer pleads guilty in 1976 killing

DECATUR, Ga. – In the case of a 40-year-old Georgia slaughter has come to an end with a guilty plea of a convicted cop killer and escape artist who is already serving life for the kidnapping and armed robbery.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports (http://on-ajc.com/2hX6U7s ) the 67-year-old Fred Dalton Brooks, pleaded guilty last week to voluntary manslaughter and armed robbery. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison for the 1976 death of James Earl Carter, a 39-year-old DeKalb County meat packing plant guard.

Brooks, who is currently in prison in Georgia, is facing another life sentence in Mississippi for the killing of a state trooper. His guilty plea came as the result of a new process in Carter’s death.

The Georgia Supreme Court threw out a previous murder conviction, says the court erred by allowing the jury to hear about the trooper’s 1983 killing.

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Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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