Officer Shooting Suspect Gets 7 Life Sentences In Mississippi
GREENWOOD, Miss. – One of the two men convicted in the shooting of a Metro Police Officer during a traffic stop has been sentenced to seven life sentences in Mississippi.
A jury in Greenwood, Mississippi found Courtney Logan Wednesday of forcible escape, felon in possession of a firearm, and five counts of kidnapping.
Police said Logan helped his cousin, Joseph Jackson, escape from the Delta Correctional Facility in LeFlore County, Mississippi in June 2009 while he was at a doctor's appointment.
Logan was charged with kidnapping three prison guards and two people in the doctor's office before they took off for Louisville, Kentucky.
Metro Police Sgt. Mark Chesnut pulled over their vehicle along Interstate 40 in Nashville because Logan was not wearing a seatbelt. Jackson then shot Chesnut several times as he approached their vehicle.
During sentencing in Mississippi, a judge ruled Logan was a violent habitual offender and said all seven life sentences will run consecutively. They will also run consecutively with the sentences he received in Davidson County.
A Davidson County jury found Logan guilty of attempted first degree murder and weapons charges in September 2010. He was sentenced to 31 years in prison at 30 percent.
Jackson, who was the triggerman, pleaded guilty in the case and avoided a trial. He was sentenced to 45 years at 35 percent in Tennessee, and an additional 25 in Mississippi for his escape.