Logan gets life in 2009 escape

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Associated Press

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 3:01 PM

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Kentucky man has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for helping his cousin escape custody in Mississippi in 2009.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (http://bit.ly/X83Zer) that a Leflore County jury on Wednesday convicted Courtney Logan of Louisville, Ky., of aiding escape, possession of a firearm by a felon and five counts of kidnapping.

At the time, Joseph Jackson Jr. was serving a life sentence for armed robbery and assault in Delta Correctional Facility in Leflore County, Miss.

Prosecutors said Logan broke into a Greenwood eye doctor's office on June 26, 2009, where Jackson was being treated. Logan allegedly fired a gun in the air and told everyone to get down.

After fleeing the doctor's office, Logan and Jackson headed to Tennessee, where they were pulled over by Nashville Police Sgt. Mark Chesnut for a traffic violation. While Chesnut was checking their driver's licenses, Jackson shot Chesnut five times. The officer survived.

Logan was sentenced to 31 years in Tennessee for his role in the shooting.

Prosecutors said Logan will be returned to Tennessee to finish his sentence, and at the end of his 31 years, Logan will serve his life sentence in Mississippi. If Logan is granted parole for his Tennessee sentence, he will be transferred to Mississippi to serve his life sentence.

Jackson received a 45-year sentence in Tennessee for the shooting and wounding of Chestnut.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, http://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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