- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

VALDOSTA, Miss. (AP) - A Lowndes County man sentenced to life in prison for a 1980 murder now has the possibility of parole.

Multiple media outlets report that 55-year-old Mack Arthur King, a one-time death row inmate, was re-sentenced Monday to life imprisonment in Lowndes County Circuit County by Judge Lee Coleman.

King had been serving life without parole until the Mississippi Supreme Court interceded in June, overruling the 2013 sentence because, at the time of King’s 1981 conviction, death and life with parole were the only sentencing options.

King was convicted of capital murder in the death of 84-year-old Lela Patterson in 1980. Authorities say Patterson was beaten, strangled and drowned at her Lowndes County home during a burglary.


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