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Man convicted for death of Memphis police officer sentenced to additional 62 years

Action News 5 Memphis logo Action News 5 Memphis 9/23/2021 Action News 5 Staff
a man sitting in a chair: More delays in Justin Welch murder trial © Provided by Action News 5 Memphis More delays in Justin Welch murder trial

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The man convicted for killing a Memphis police officer and another person appeared in court Thursday for sentencing.

In August, a jury found Justin Welch guilty of shooting and killing a man at a restaurant and killing Memphis police officer Verdell Smith after running him over on Beale Street.

Welch was sentenced to life in prison for the murder conviction. He was sentenced to an additional 62 years for crimes committed in the same downtown crime spree.

The additional charges include evading arrest, vehicular homicide, and employment of a firearm.

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