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Jonathan Agee Sentenced to 3 Life Sentences

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Day two of the Jonathan Agee sentencing hearing ended with the former Franklin County Sheriff's Deputy headed back to jail to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

A judge sentenced Agee to three life sentences, plus 11 years in prison for the 2011 Memorial day shootings.

The decision comes after testimony for the defense from a steroid expert, as well as the emotional recollection of that day by former State Trooper Matthew Brannock.

After shooting and killing his ex-wife Jennifer, Agee got into a high-speed police chase with Brannock, which ended with Agee shooting Brannock in the leg. The former State Trooper said Tuesday in court that he regretted not firing back while trapped in this cruiser. But in court Wednesday, the judge said Brannock had nothing to feel guilty about.

"Mr. Brannock, there was a coward on the interstate that day," the judge said. "But sir, it was most assuredly not you."

The judge also told one of the troopers who shot Agee, Sergeant Becky Curl, not to lose any more sleep trying to figure out why Agee did what he did that day, saying he'll never be able to explain it, either.

"All of it is very frustrating, very sad," Curl said. "It was senseless, that any of it happened."

Agee won't be eligible for parole until he's 60, which will be 30 years from now.

Often after cases like this, people talk about closure. But Brannock says, for him, that "may be years down the road, when I'll actually be able to classify the recovery as closure. But I think each day is a step towards that."

Jennifer Agee's family declined to comment after the hearing and asked for privacy.