Centobie Scheduled to Die

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An execution date has been set for prison escapee and convicted murderer Mario Centobie. Officials say Centobie will be executed on Apr. 28.

He was sentenced to death in the slaying of Moody Police Ofc. Keith Turner during a 1998 crime spree. Turner stopped Centobie and another inmate, Jeremy Granberry of Mississippi's Parchman Prison, in a stolen car on June 27, 1998.

The inmates had escaped from the custody of Jones County Sheriff Maurice Hooks and a friend who accompanied Hooks to make the transport to a court hearing two days earlier.

Centobie shot the officer three times, including once in the hip and in the back of his head.

Authorities captured Centobie on July 5, 1998, near Biloxi, Mississippi.

The Supreme Court declined to accept Centobie's appeal for review in 2003. He was also sentenced to three life prison terms in the wounding of Tuscaloosa Police Capt. Cecil Lancaster during his crime spree across Alabama.


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