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Man gets two life sentences from ’77 case
by Debbie Lurie-Smith
Sep 26, 2013 | 2755 views | 0 0 comments | 58 58 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The final chapter of a real-life horror story that took place 36 years ago hopefully took place in Jones County Superior Court last week.

Edward W. Finney received the maximum sentence allowed under Georgia Law by Chief Superior Court Judge William Prior, Sept. 20, which was two life sentences to run consecutively with each other and consecutive with another life sentence he was already serving.

“That’s the most I can sentence you to,” Prior said to Finney.

Finney, 56, and co-defendant Johnny Mac Westbrook, who is now deceased, were sentenced to the death penalty Nov. 10, 1977, in a Jones County court for the double murder of two elderly Macon women.

The murders took place Sept. 23, 1977.

District Attorney Fred Bright explained the reason the state agreed with the removal of Finney from Georgia’s death row.

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