COPY-Man sentenced in slaying of Ala. police officer

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) - A judge has sentenced the man convicted of fatally shooting an Anniston police officer to death.

Joshua Eugene Russell was sentenced Monday in Calhoun County Circuit Court. The trial was moved from the Anniston area so it could be heard by a jury with no prior knowledge of the case.

Investigators have said 26-year-old Russell shot 27-year-old Joshua Sollohub during a foot chase in 2011.

In mid-September, eight of 12 jurors recommended that Russell receive a sentence of life without the possibility of parole. The rest voted for him to get the death penalty.

Alabama law allows judges to override a jury's recommendation.

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