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Man Flees Murder Trial, Sentenced Anyway

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Posted at 5:02 PM, Oct 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-08 18:02:42-04

A 22-year-old Chattanooga man remained on the loose after he fled a trial that ended with him being sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 killing of a taxi driver in Chattanooga.

Authorities said Christopher Padgett cut his GPS ankle monitor earlier this week and fled from his mother's home.

The Times Free Press reported Padgett was sentenced on Friday in the slaying of driver Nathan Deere, who was shot in the back of the head.

Padgett's GPS bracelet monitor broke at 1:43 a.m. on Thursday, triggering a manhunt with police and U.S. Marshals Service. Prosecutor Cameron Williams said he has never been involved in a trial with a defendant who disappeared.

Authorities have hoped to have him in custody by December 15, when Padgett will be sentenced on an aggravated robbery conviction.