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Lee man guilty of malice murder

LEESBURG, Ga. — It didn't take a Lee County jury an hour to find Anthony E. Scott guilty on all charges Thursday, according to Lewis R. Lamb, chief assistant district attorney for the Southwestern Judicial Circuit, which includes Lee County.

Scott fatally shot his wife, 54-year-old Cathy Scott, in the head twice and also in the arm and body once each at their 183 Old Smithville Road home in April 2011. The jury found Scott was guilty of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm during a felony.

"He was sentenced to life in prison on the charges plus five years for the gun charge (by Judge James Sizemore)," Lamb said. "It was a tough case when you think about somebody's life gone. I could have pled it down to voluntary manslaughter, but I didn't think it was appropriate."

Lamb had previously said he also did not think the death penalty was appropriate. Scott will be more than 84 years old before he can petition for parole.

The trial started Monday in Lee County Circuit Court.

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Now, we support him for the rest of his life. Somehow that doesn't seem fair to the Taxpayers. We pay out in excess of a million dollars over the next twenty years because this individual killed someone. I don't understand this. You kill, you should be killed. You made the choice. Now that is a deterent. Serving time certainly doesn't seem to be working very well as the killing continues.

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Terry.Lewis 1 year, 10 months ago

Death penalty cases can run into the millions on appeals that well go on for years and years. It actually costs the state less just to lock them up for life.

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whattheheck 1 year, 10 months ago

Righto, Terry. Look how long, if ever in some cases, it takes to put the needle in one who has been sentenced. The death penalty seems to be a deterrent only in states like TX who dispatches folks in a much more timely manner. Now if we administered justice as TX does, things would be less expensive but I don't see GA changing.

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Unfortunately it is because we have allowed the Lawyers to interpret law into whatever fills their pocket with the most money. The Founding Fathers wanted justice swift and sure. They mean unusual punishment to cover things like pulling fingernails and drawing and quartering. They never intended to allow killers to live. They weren't even that fond of Livestock thieves.

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mtpatty 1 year, 10 months ago

unfortunately, your comments are indicative of how little you really know about the legal system and Constitutional law. It is sad that a person like you actually has the right to speak on topics of any degree of importance. Just because you can say what you think, does not mean that you should.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

If you don't like what he says then don't read what he says!

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waltspecht 1 year, 10 months ago

Both the legal system, and Constitutional law should be in simple enough language that the average layman would have full comprehension of the meaning. The need to insert Gray Areas allowing for interpretation was developed by those that benefit from being able to interpret that which the common individual cannot make any sense of. By allowing Lawyers to write our laws by repeatedly electing them to public office we have allowed the population of Lawyers to increase beyond all reason. One can look to Japan, and their ratio of Lawyers to Populace compared to ours and you will immediately see the Legal System here is tighter knit than any UNION shop there has ever been.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

A victim is dead, a killer is still alive. Where is the justice?

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 10 months ago

Killer should be dead tomorrow.

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MRKIA 1 year, 10 months ago

THE DEATH PENALTY WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DETERRENT. NEVER WAS AND NEVER WILL BE. IT'S PURPOSE IS TO PERMANENTLY REMOVE CERTAIN OFFENDERS FROM SOCIETY.

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Jacob 1 year, 10 months ago

THE DEATH PENALTY WAS NOT INTENDED TO BE A DETERRENT

seems like a pretty good derrent for the dead guy...

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

And he will live better than an elderly person in a nursing home & thats really wrong.

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RedEric 1 year, 10 months ago

Ain't that the truth. A few years ago I was friends with a couple of guards. They ate at prison most of the time because it was better food than they could afford. No mushy peas for our murderers, thieves and child molesters.

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mtpatty 1 year, 10 months ago

perhaps when you and he get older, you would be willing to trade places with him? I didn't think so- which is illustrative of how inane these type of comments really are-

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bigbob 1 year, 10 months ago

Would live alot better trading places with him than in most nursing homes.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

I think Peppermint Patty must be related to that murderer.

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

The murderer didn't give his victim an appeal to live, why does he deserve to live? Feed him bread and water. These murderers deserve punishment. Giving them free room and board and 3 meals a day is no punishment. In the end, they will end up setting him free and he can go out and murder someone else.

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mtpatty 1 year, 10 months ago

You obviously are too filled with hate to allow any degree of logical thought to get in the way of your rancid comments- do you have any idea of the degree of difficulty in winning a criminal appeal? Please cite the name of ANY murderer who has had their appeal granted?

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VSU 1 year, 10 months ago

No hate involved, just feel if the victim is dead, the murderer doesn't deserve to live either. Why should he be able to breathe the air of life when the victim can no longer open their eyes and be with their loved ones? Yeah I am sure if you had your way, they would get cake & ice cream everyday, give them a medal of honor, name a street after them and build a statue for the murderer.

You want a name of a murderer who was granted an appeal? Look at that man Marcus Ray Johnson who murdered Angela Sizemore in 1994, he should have been put down a long time ago but he keeps winning appeal after appeal and he is still alive. I could name others but can't remember their names and don't have time to research all, but there have been a number of them.

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