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Abbott sentenced to life without parole for 2015 murders

July 10, 2018--11:39 a.m.

Staff reports

A man will spend the rest of his life behind bars for a double murder on Terhune Road in January of 2015.

Emerson Mack Abbott Jr. was convicted on April 30 in the shooting deaths of his neighbors, James and Myra Reeves.

The jury also found Abbott guilty on a theft by deception charge for allegedly taking 75-hundred dollars from Myra Reeves on January 20, 2015, for tree work that authorities said he had no intention of doing.

Abbott cashed the check at a bank in West Rome at around the same time 911 got the call about the murders.

On Tuesday, Floyd Superior Court Judge Bryant Durham sentenced Abbott to life without parole on the first count of murder and life without parole on the second count of murder to run consecutively.

Abbott also received a 20-year sentence for burglary, 20 for armed robbery, 10 for theft by deception and five for possession of an offensive weapon to run concurrently with the first life sentence.