Man who killed Arkansas police officer dies in prison

Man who killed Arkansas police officer dies in prison
The Arkansas Department of Correction says 57-year-old John Lohbauer died Saturday. (Source: Arkansas Dept. of Correction)

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Authorities say an inmate who was serving a life sentence for killing a police officer in 1977 has died in prison.

The Arkansas Department of Correction says 57-year-old John Lohbauer died Saturday. Spokeswoman Janie Runkle tells the Texarkana Gazette that Lohbauer's death appears to be of natural causes but a medical examiner will make the final determination.

Lohbauer was 15 when he fatally shot Texarkana Police Officer Ed Worrell during a burglary. He received a life sentence plus 40 years.

Last year, the Arkansas Supreme Court said it wouldn't order a resentencing for Lohbauer, who'd argued that he was entitled to a new sentence under a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that barred mandatory life sentences for juveniles. Arkansas justices noted that Lohbauer was eligible for parole after 25 years.

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Information from: Texarkana Gazette, http://www.texarkanagazette.com