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Jackson County judge sentences cop killer to life in prison without parole

Gary Lee Michael Jr.
Posted at 4:49 PM, Sep 08, 2023

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A convicted cop killer avoided the death penalty, but a Jackson County judge ruled Friday the killer will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Ian McCarthy, 45, shot and killed a Clinton, Missouri, police officer, Gary Michael, on Aug. 6, 2017.

Michael pulled over McCarthy for a registration violation.

Moments later, McCarthy got out of a pickup truck, shot and killed Officer Michael.

Officers tracked down McCarthy about 48 hours after Officer Michael's death.

The jury could only unanimously agree a sentence of death could be appropriate, per Henry County Prosecuting Attorney LaChrisha Gray.

That meant the judge would decide McCarthy's fate.

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