Man once on death row to now serve 3 more years

Man once on death row to now serve 3 more years


MARYVILLE (AP) -- A man who was once on Tennessee's death row will be let out of prison in three years under a new plea in Maryville.

Arthur Copeland's first-degree murder conviction was reversed in May 2007 by the Tennessee Supreme Court, which ordered a new trial.

On Wednesday, Copeland waived a jury trial and was sentenced to 14 years on a second-degree murder plea, to be served at 100 percent.

Blount County Deputy Circuit Court Clerk Wendy King said the 11 years which Copeland has been in jail and prison since the 1998 Maryville shooting of Robert Andre Jackson will be credited against the new sentence, leaving three years of incarceration for Copeland.

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