A judge has sentenced the man found guilty of shooting a Carter County deputy in 2015 to 51 years behind bars Friday.
According to the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, Kelly Pitts of Hickory, N.C. will be eligible for parole after serving 27 years.
Pitts shot Deputy Jenna Markland in December 2015 on Dry Creek Road. The shooting also injured Pitts’ girlfriend, Brandy Hyder.
At the time of the shooting, Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said Pitts left the home. He was captured in a cave behind the property.
Pitts was found guilty of the shooting in January 2019.