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Judge releases statement on sentence of teen who fatally shot officer

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Deontea Perry is accused of fatally shooting Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs before turning the gun on himself. (Source: Greenville Police Department) Deontea Perry is accused of fatally shooting Greenville Police Officer Allen Jacobs before turning the gun on himself. (Source: Greenville Police Department)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Many have questioned why a teenager who police say was an admitted gang member was not in prison at the time he fatally shot a Greenville officer.

Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller has said that officer Allen Jacobs approached 17-year-old Deontea Perry Mackey in Nicholtown on Friday.

Police say Mackey fired multiple shots at Officer Jacobs who was pronounced dead later that afternoon at a hospital. After opening fire on Jacobs, police say that Mackey called his mother and took his own life.

Miller said that Mackey had been a juvenile offender before he was convicted as an adult of a strong armed robbery last year.

A man told police that he attempted to buy $10 worth of crack in March 2015, but after handing over the money, the suspect did not give him drugs. When he asked for his money, he claimed that the suspect threatened to shoot him, according to a police report.

Mackey was later identified as the robber, the report states.  

Click here to read police reports related to the case. 

According to online court records, Mackey pleaded guilty in February 2016 to strong arm robbery. He had originally been charged with armed robbery.

Mackey received a 10-year sentence suspended to the time he had served - 251 days - according to online court records. 

Circuit Court Judge Robin Stilwell sentenced Mackey.

Judge Stilwell released this statement about his decision: 

"Let me first extend my sincerest condolences to the wife and family of Officer Allen Jacobs. Mere words are inadequate to express the magnitude of the tragedy that has befallen our community. Please know that the Jacobs family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

"You have asked me for a comment regarding the plea hearing which took place on February 2, 2016. I have no independent recollection of the hearing, as it was one of many during a long week of General Sessions Court. However, I have had the opportunity to review the Sentence Sheet and salient portions of the Clerk’s file. Based upon this review, it appears, given the specific facts and circumstances of the case, the Defendant’s age and lack of any admissible adult record, and the input of the victim, that the State and the Defense were in agreement with a proposed sentence for consideration by the Court. The Court agreed with the parties’ analysis of the case and sentenced the Defendant accordingly."

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