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Man Gets Life In Prison In Deaths Of 2 Officers

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DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in the killing of two DeKalb County police officers in 2008.

The DeKalb County District Attorney’s office says William Woodard was sentenced Friday in the deaths of police officers Eric Barker and Ricky Bryant. Woodard claimed that he fatally shot two police officers in self-defense.

Prosecutors say the officers, who were working as off-duty security officers, were approaching a car when Woodard got out and began shooting.

Woodard said that he wrestled a gun away from one of the officers and fired upon them in self-defense. The defense says Woodard was defending himself because he was being beaten by them.

Prosecutors were seeking the death penalty against Woodard.

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