Man makes plea deal in fatal officer shooting

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Federal court records show a man charged in the shooting death of a Henderson police officer has pleaded guilty in exchange for prosecutors agreeing not to seek the death penalty.

Ricky Lee Stewart III, who also goes by Steward, pleaded guilty Tuesday to a four-count indictment, including a charge of first-degree murder, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Stewart agreed to a sentence of life in prison plus 10 years in the killing of police Capt. Dennis Cagle during the attempted robbery of a grocery store in 2009. Stewart also agreed not to appeal his guilty plea or the sentence.

Stewart's wife, Cheryl Steward, also was indicted on federal charges in the shooting and attempted robbery. She is scheduled for trial early next year.


(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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