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Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison

Eddie Mack Kelly was sentenced Tuesday for the murder of Brundidge’s Joey Spikner.

Pike County Circuit Judge Jeff Kelley sentenced Kelly to 30 years in prison.

A jury found Kelly guilty of the 2007 murder of Spikner in mid-October after about an hour of deliberation.

Spikner was shot to death outside of Brown’s Lounge, which is located on U.S. Highway 231.

Kelly was the second person found guilty of Spikner’s murder.

Michael Streeter was also found guilty of the same crime in December 2008 and was sentenced in January to life without the possibility of parole.

Witnesses testified that both Kelly and Streeter fired shots, but Kelly’s gun jammed.

The state prosecuted Kelly for reckless murder, in which the state criminal code says one of the reasons a person commits the crime of murder is if “Under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to human life, he or she recklessly engages in conduct which creates a grave risk of death to a person other than himself or herself, and thereby causes the death of another person.”

During the trial, Pike County Assistant District Attorney Larry Jarrell, who prosecuted Kelly said, “ Normally, you’d expect the person charged to be the person who actually pulled the trigger. Eddie Mack Kelley is guilty of reckless murder. We have contended all along that Kelley was not the person who pulled the trigger. That was Michael Streeter.”

Jarrell said he was pleased with the sentence Kelly received.

“I think it helps send a message about gun violence,” Jarrell said. “I’m pro guns, but there is a right and wrong way to use them. There is no business talking guns to a social gathering.”