Crime & Safety

Georgia officer’s killer sentenced to life in prison and an additional 375 years

ATLANTA — A man who was responsible for the fatal shooting of a Georgia law enforcement officer in 2015 was given a sentence of life in prison plus 375 more years.

On Friday, Amanuel Menghesha was given a sentence by Superior Court Judge Jane Barwick in connection with the murder of Detective Terrence Green, who had served with the Fulton County Police Department for 22 years. Menghesha opened fire on Green and the other officers as they responded to reports of shots fired inside a residence and a domestic dispute early in the morning of March 4, 2015. Green and the other officers were hit by bullets from an AK-47.

As Green ran for cover, he was shot in the back of the head, and he later passed away at Grady Hospital, according to the police.

Menghesha was shot several times before he was arrested. He pleaded guilty to 33 charges, including murder, attempted murder, and assault on a police officer.

In a statement, the District Attorney for Fulton County said, “While we cannot bring back Detective Green, we hope this guilty plea and sentence brings relief and a sense of justice to his family, friends, and colleagues.”

According to South Fulton Police Chief Keith Meadows, the court’s sentence “makes it clear that attacks on our law enforcement officers have no place in our state.”

In a statement, the Fulton County Police Department said, “We want to wrap our arms around Detective Green’s family and pray that they and all officers involved are finally able to find some comfort and healing with this conviction.”

Jordan Collins

Jordan is an experienced editor with years in the journalism and reporting industry. He loves talking with the community about the problems local residents face and state politics. You can find him in the gym almost every day or see him jogging.

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