A Macon man on Friday was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to killing a Bibb County deputy during a drug raid more than six years ago.
Antron Fair also agreed to testify against co-defendant Damon Jolly.
Both men faced the death penalty in the March 2006 shooting death of Deputy Joseph Whitehead.
Whitehead and other law-enforcement officers burst into an Atherton Street, Macon, home to execute a no-knock search warrant.
Fair, Jolly and others were inside the home, which prosecutors called a drug house.
The plea came during a hearing of about 15 minutes in Bibb County Superior Court. Fair was sentenced to life, with the possibility of parole, by Judge Tilman Self.
About a dozen members of Whitehead's family attended the hearing, escorted in and out by Bibb County deputies. About 50 people in all jammed the small courtroom.
District Attorney Greg Winters left quickly after the hearing. Fair's lawyer, Brian Steele, declined comment.
Jolly's trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 25th. If Fair declines to testify in the case, prosecutors say, the plea deal is off and he will face the death penalty again.
Two other men also face murder charges, but not the death penalty, in the case. Their trials are not scheduled.
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