Man Charged With Killing Officer was Out on Early Release

By: AP
By: AP

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) -- State officials say a man accused of
killing an Anniston police officer last week had previously been
sentenced to five years in prison, but was released after serving a
little more than a year.

Joshua Eugene Russell is charged with the murder of Officer
Justin Sollohub, who died a day after he was shot on routine
patrol. Russell is being held without bond at the Etowah County

The Anniston Star reports that In 2009, Russell was convicted on
drug distribution and obstruction of justice charges. A Calhoun
County judge ordered Russell to serve four concurrent five-year

Cynthia Dillard, the executive director of State Board of
Pardons and Paroles, says Russell was freed under a law that grants most non-violent offenders early release if they don't break prison rules.

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