Man pleads guilty in cop killing, gets life

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio – A man who is the life of a police officer in Ohio has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges and is sentenced to life in prison plus 35 years without the possibility of parole.

Herschel Jones III pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County in 2016 and the shooting of a Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. Danville is located approximately 60 miles (97 kilometers) northeast of Columbus.

Jones’ lawyers did not immediately return calls seeking comment on Wednesday.

The 34-year-old official of the body was found behind the village municipal building on Jan. 17, 2016, after Jones’ ex-girlfriend warned the police that he was “looking to kill a cop.” The officer was shot in the head.

Jones was facing a possible death penalty condemned as the process. Death penalty specifications were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

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