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Slapped on the wrist so he could murder a cop allegedly.

Russell was supposed to spend five years in prison. They released him after one so he could allegedly murder a police officer.

Officer Justin Sollohub. He was probably targeted because he is white. Both of Russell's alleged police victims are white.

Note: Russell was also wanted in Troy, Alabama for allegedly assaulting a white police officer.


State officials say a man charged with killing an Anniston police officer last week had previously been sentenced to 5 years in prison, but was released after serving a little more than a year.

Joshua Eugene Russell is charged with the murder of Officer Justin Sollohub, who died a day after he was shot on routine patrol. Russell is being held without bond at the Etowah County Jail.

The Anniston Star reports that in 2009, Russell was convicted on drug distribution and obstruction of justice charges. A Calhoun County judge ordered Russell to serve four concurrent five-year sentences.

Cynthia Dillard, the executive director of State Board of Pardons and Paroles, says Russell was freed under a law that grants most non-violent offenders early release if they don’t break prison rules.

Anniston police understand that the Good Time Law helps with one of the criminal justice system’s biggest problems: overcrowding.


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