Relatives sentenced for helping accused shooter

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Four people from Tennessee and Florida have been sentenced to prison by a federal judge for helping a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Chattanooga police officer.

Jesse Matthews faces trial next year in the fatal shooting of Chattanooga Police Department Sgt. Tim Chapin last April. His mother and father, Kathleen and Ray Matthews, pleaded guilty to a federal grand jury indictment charging them with criminal offenses related to obstruction of justice.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Kathleen Matthews was sentenced to 30 1/2 years and Ray Matthews was sentenced to nearly 21 years during a sentencing held in Chattanooga on Monday. Jesse Matthew's sister, Rachel Matthews, was sentenced to 135 months in prison and James Poteete, her boyfriend, was sentenced to serve 81 months in prison.


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