Macon cop killer cries, begs forgiveness and pleads guilty
12:26 pm, November 14th, 2012
It’s taken Bibb County’s district attorney and sheriff’s department six years of investigation and negotiations with the defense team to get Damon Jolly convicted for the killing of deputy Joseph Whitehead Jr., shot during a middle of the night raid on a Macon drug den – sparking an ongoing controversy about no-knock warrants. The long, sad story is told in a gripping account by Joe Kovac Jr. in today’s Macon Telegraph.
The killer cried, sobbed, said he didn’t mean to do it and swore he thought he was defending himself and his drug addled friends from a break-in by a gang when he fired his 32-round “machine pistol” in the dark when the police burst in. He asked for forgiveness from the family of the officer he killed.
The slain officer’s best friend and the sister spoke after the defendant at the sentencing and were unmoved by the killer’s plea deal that gave him a life sentence instead of risking a death penalty upon trial. The friend called the life sentence “the easy way out.” The sister said, “You deserved to die.”
But District Attorney Greg Winters told the Telegraph he would never have agreed to the deal if he didn’t think it was the best conclusion for everyone. And it saved the officer’s widow and children the pain of a trial. Here’s the link to the drama.