MOUNT VERNON — A Mount Vernon man who murdered a Danville police officer was sentenced to life without parole Wednesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court.

Herschel Jones III, 33, was sentenced by Knox County Common Pleas Court Judge Richard Wetzel to life in prison without parole for the Jan. 17, 2016 murder of Officer Thomas Cottrell Jr.

The sentence means that Jones will never be eligible for parole, Wetzel said, even if laws regarding parole are changed in the future. Jones will remain in prison until he is dead.

The life without parole sentence was handed down by Wetzel on two counts of aggravated murder. Death penalty specifications attached to each charge were dismissed by Knox County Prosecuting Attorney Chip McConville in exchange for Jones’ guilty plea.

Jones was further sentenced to an additional 35 years in prison for seven additional charges related to Cottrell’s death.

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Lack of culpability from Jones at sentencing

MOUNT VERNON — Herschel Jones III showed no remorse as he was sentenced to life for the murder of Thomas Cottrell Jr.

At a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Knox County Common Pleas Court, Jones, 33, insulted Cottrell’s life partner and made snide comments to Danville police officers.

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