The Henderson County Sheriff's Department has released a statement concerning the sentence given earlier today to Randall Wayne Mays, who fatally shot two Henderson County deputies and wounded another last spring.
The statement reads as follows:
Several families and many lives have been affected by the events of May 17, 2007. We will move forward; some quicker than others. We will forever remember our fallen comrades for who they were and for what they stood for. We will embrace their families for sharing their loved ones with us.
Deputies Ogburn and Habelt gave their lives while performing the duties that they were sworn to do. Our faith in the criminal justice system has been reaffirmed. We appreciate the 392 District Court, the State's Prosecution team, the Defense team, and especially the jury for their service in the trial.
Mays was sentenced by Judge Carter Terrance to the death penalty by lethal injection, after the death penalty was recommended by an Athens jury.
Cathryn Khalil / firstname.lastname@example.org