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12/17/06

Thorpe, Huckabee and Wilson Headed to Prison

Michael Thorpe flips off Judge Penny Haas-Freesemann as he leaves the courtroom. Michael Thorpe flips off Judge Penny Haas-Freesemann as he leaves the courtroom.

The three men convicted of murdering 19 year old Jennifer Ross will spend the rest of their lives in prison; however, it could be February or March before they're moved out of Chatham County. On Saturday, Judge Penny Haas-Freesemann sentenced Michael Thorpe, Kevin Huckabee and Webster Wilson to life in prison for their roles in the armed robbery and shooting last Christmas Eve morning that eventually took Jennifer Ross' life.

After Thorpe was sentenced, he flipped off the judge as he left the courtroom. Kevin Huckabee swore obscenities when deputies led him away. Webster Wilson left the courtroom without incident.

It will be up to the Georgia Department of Corrections as to where the men will serve their time and when they'll go there. Chatham County Sheriff's officials say the state usually moves prisoners within two to three months after their trial. The Georgia Department of Corrections has 30 days from the time they receive paperwork from the courts as well as a 30 day grace period to pick them up. Until then, all three men will remain at the Chatham County Jail.

Thorpe, Huckabee and Wilson will be eligible for parole, but to keep them behind bars as long as possible, the judge tacked on another 40 years to Thorpe and Wilson's sentences and 30 years to Huckabee's sentence. A spokesman for the men said they will file appeals.

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