Man pleads guilty to killing Marion County deputy, avoids death penalty

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MARION COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - LEBANON, Ky. (WKYT) - Deputy Anthony Rakes was gunned down, and later died. The sheriff said his deputy was simply checking on a driver during that cold November morning last year.

“And he always wanted to accept responsibility for what happened,” said Tom Griffiths, who represented Dewayne Shipp.

Shipp admitted to the crime of murder of a police officer, and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon.

“We will be comfortable that Mr. Shipp will spend the rest of his life in prison,” said Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, after the change of plea hearing in the Marion County Circuit courtroom.

Shipp won’t learn his punishment until early next year but the prosecutor says while Shipp avoids the death penalty, he accepts a life sentence.

“He wanted to enter a plea as soon as possible. First time we spoke to him,” said Griffiths.

Shipp stayed seated beside his attorneys during the proceeding, with Rakes two sisters at the table with the prosecutor.

“They would like to know why, why did you do what you did? It was a senseless crime,” said Clements.

“They have expressed a desire to maybe speak with Dewayne. He is open to that,” said Griffiths.

Rakes sisters did not want to comment but attorneys say their statements could be part of the sentencing proceeding scheduled for January 23rd.

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