EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSGARLAND MURRAY SENTENCED
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St. Albans Man Receives Two Consecutive Life Sentences In Slaying
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 13, 2012 3:28 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 13, 2012 4:08 PM EST
Charleston , Kanawha County , West Virginia
A Kanawha Circuit judge sentenced a St. Albans man who has been deemed a habitual offender to two consecutive life sentences in the slaying of a North Charleston man.
Garland Murray, 28, was sentenced Wednesday by Judge Charlie King.
Murray was found guilty earlier this year in the 2010 shooting death of Gregory Poole and attempting to kidnap Poole’s wife, Ebony, from their Woodward Drive home. In that case, Murray would have been eligible for parole on the murder conviction after serving 15 years of a life sentence because the jury recommended mercy. But the judge also sentenced Murray to 15 years to life on the attempted kidnapping charge. That was stacked with a one- to 15-year burglary charge.
Murray was sentenced by King to life on the kidnapping charge after prosecutors used state "three strikes" laws that allows judges to give a defendant a life sentence based on previous convictions.
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