McGriff Sentenced

A condemned killer's new lease on life paid off Tuesday in a Dothan courtroom.

Dennis McGriff was convicted and sentenced to die in 1997 for the drive-by shooting death of Michael McRee in Ashford.

But, his case was overturned on appeal and he was granted a new trial.

A jury deliberated nearly six hours last month before finding McGriff guilty of the crime again.

Then, it took the same panel only an hour to recommend a sentence of life without parole on a seven-to-five vote.

Judge Ed Jackson could have over-ridden the jury and ordered the death penalty again, but instead, he followed the panel's recommendation.

The victim's widow is not pleased.

McGriff will be transported back to prison, but will no longer be on death row.