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High Court To Hear 'Life' Sentences Case

North Carolina's highest court will hear arguments next month about two convicted murderers from Eastern Carolina who argue that the life sentences they received in the 1970s are now complete.

Officials said Thursday that the state Supreme Court has scheduled arguments in the cases of Alford Jones and Faye Brown for Feb. 16. A lower-court judge ruled in December that both Jones and Brown should be immediately set free, and state lawyers have appealed.

Brown has been in prison for the 1975 murder of Trooper Tom Davis in Martin County. Jones was convicted for the death of William Turner Sr. of Kinston during an attempted robbery that also happened in 1975.

Dozens of convicts sentenced to life between 1974 and 1978 received terms defined as no more than 80 years long. Jones and Brown contend sentence-reduction credits mean they've completed their time behind bars.

State attorneys claim the credits they've received behind bars should not be used to reduce their prison terms.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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