12/29/2010

Weak penalties to blame for rising cop deaths?

The suspected killer of a Georgia State Trooper on Monday was released from jail for the 18th time 2 weeks ago

By Andria Simmons and Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

ATLANTA — A 30-year-old Atlanta man accused of gunning down a state trooper Monday night had just been released from the Fulton County jail two weeks ago, and jail records show it was not the first time he had tried to flee from police.

Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy could not have known that the driver of a 2007 Mazda had an extensive criminal record when he attempted to pull over the vehicle on Bolton Road for a broken taillight. Fulton County Jail records show Gregory Favors had been in and out of jail 18 times. After his 19th arrest, he was charged Tuesday afternoon with murder and aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer for allegedly killing LeCroy with one shot to his neck.

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