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Man gets life sentence for Eastern Shore murder

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 7:13pm  ET

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. - A 19-year-old man has been sentenced to life in prison for a fatal shooting on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

Joel Christopher Sutton was sentenced Friday for shooting Jessee Heath nine times in Princess Anne in October 2011. Two co-defendants are already serving jail sentences.

The Daily Times of Salisbury says (http://bit.ly/13Mc633 ) Somerset County Judge Daniel Long called the shooting the most senseless crime he's seen in his more than two decades on the bench.

The judge denied a defense lawyer's request to commit Sutton to a facility for younger offenders. Sutton was also sentenced to 20 years in prison on a firearm conviction and must serve at least five years of that sentence before becoming eligible for parole.

Sutton's father, Jody Sutton, said he believed his son was wrongly convicted.

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Information from: The Daily Times of Salisbury, Md., http://www.delmarvanow.com/


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