Man pleads guilty in Ohio cop’s slaying; gets life sentence

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MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (AP) — A man accused of killing a police officer in Ohio has pleaded guilty to aggravated murder and other charges has been sentenced to life in prison, plus 35 years, without the possibility of parole.

Herschel Jones III pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday in Knox County in the 2016 shooting death of Danville Officer Thomas Cottrell. Danville is about 60 miles northeast of Columbus.

Jones’ attorneys didn’t immediately return calls seeking comment Wednesday.

The 34-year-old officer’s body was found behind the village’s municipal building on January 17, 2016, after Jones’ ex-girlfriend warned police he was “looking to kill a cop.” Cottrell had been shot in the head.

Jones faced a potential death penalty if convicted at trial. Death penalty specifications were dropped as part of the plea agreement. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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