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Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For 2011 Murder

By Mallory Cooke
By mcooke@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.--A judge sentenced a Jackson man to life in prison for a 2011 murder, on Tuesday morning.

Damarcus Cole will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars for the murder of Demetris Cole. “I think the sentencing was appropriate,” said Jody Pickens, Assistant District Attorney General. “The judge's reasons were sound.”

Damarcus and Demetris have the same last name, but are not related.

A jury found Damarcus guilty of felony murder and especially aggravated robbery in September. The judge sentenced him to life for the murder and 20 years for the robbery.

“The earliest he could get out would be 71 years,” said Pickens.

Police think Damarcus invited Demetris back to his apartment on Moize Cut Off Road after arranging for two men to rob him. The shooting is still under investigation.

“This is very much an ongoing investigation and just because a conviction has been sustained it doesn't mean that we're gonna stop with our investigative efforts,” said Captain Tyreece Miller, with the Jackson Police Department.

Officers believe two more people are involved. They are still looking for the suspects.

“We're still working around the clock,” said Miller. “We want the family to know that we're not gonna stop. We're not gonna give up until we get every person who's accountable off the streets.”

“There's no statute of limitations on murder,” said Pickens.

Demetris was 31-years-old when he died. He left behind a mom, sister, girlfriend, and young son.

Damarcus is already serving a six year sentence for a robbery in Chester County.