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1/12/04 - Tyler

Kentucky Man Gets Life For Smith County Murder

  A Kentucky man gets life in prison today for his part in the July, 2002 murder of a Smith County man.  Justin Clapp pleaded guilty to murder and waived his right to appeal. He won't be eligible for parole for 30 years. As part of the plea agreement, Clapp was fully debriefed by law enforcement officials. Clapp is one of five people involved in the murder of Jeffrey Joplin. Joplin was found stabbed and beaten to death in his Smith County home. Joplin's former girlfriend, Heather Mizer, is now the final suspect scheduled to stand trial for his death.
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