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Man sentenced to life without parole for murder of deputy

Dewayne Shipp Dewayne Shipp
Regina Ewing Regina Ewing
Anita Elder Anita Elder
Deputy Anthony Rakes Deputy Anthony Rakes

MARION COUNTY, KY (WAVE) – A man police said ambushed and killed a Kentucky law enforcement officer was sentenced to life without parole Thursday.

The family of murdered officer Anthony Rakes wanted the death penalty for Dewayne Shipp, but they did not want to go through years of appeals.

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Shipp had nothing to say to the court following his sentencing, but Rakes family had a lot to say.

Rakes' sister, Regina Ewing, said her daughter wonders why her Uncle Anthony doesn't visit anymore, "All she has is his picture hanging on the wall and she looks at it every day."

His other sister, Anita Elder, expressed frustration over the fact she can no longer see her brother, but Shipps family can still see him, "I don't think it's fair, what I would give for one more time with him."

Just like Deputy Rakes cared for those he served for six years in Marion County his family showed concern for the man who gunned him down.

"I hope you realize that you need to ask god for forgiveness. He's the only one who can forgive you for what you have done. I pray that you get saved and get your life right with God," Elder said.

Rake was killed on November 14, 2012. Investigators said he was walking up to check on a vehicle stopped on US 68 when the driver, Shipp, opened fire.

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