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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  • by Anonymous on Sep 2, 2011 at 05:54 PM
    My good ness there are folks walking around today that wouldn't be if murder wasn't against the law and they fear long sentences if they capped these people. If you can get out on good behavior whats stopping these foks from doing the deed ?
  • by Safe at Home? on Sep 1, 2011 at 08:47 AM
    What a great Program this is for Violent Offenders,he gets to kill a Police Officer because he was awarded by spending only a year of a five year sentence. Our Justice System in nothing more than a Sham and a reward for bad behavior.
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      by Typical on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:36 AM in reply to Safe at Home?
      EXACTLY, I totally agree with you!
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