YORK, S.C. – What happens when a defendant signs a plea deal as the jury is returning a guilty verdict?
A judge in South Carolina answered that question on Thursday in the trial of a man charged with shooting a police officer. He ruled the jury's decision stands.
Prosecutors told The Herald newspaper that John Perry was completing paperwork that would send him to prison for 12 years as the jury reached its verdict. Perry faced attempted murder charges for shooting Rock Hill police officer Dalton Taylor, a trainee at the time, during a traffic stop in June 2016.
Perry's attorney argued the plea deal was done before the verdict. Judge Paul Burch disagreed and sentenced Perry to life in prison without parole.
Perry said he'd appeal.
Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com