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Lackey to serve life sentence
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Steven Lackey was sentenced to life in prison Thursday morning for the murder of Larry Richardson Jr.

Lackey, 26, was found guilty last week for the shooting death of Richardson, who was the boyfriend of Lackey's ex-girlfriend.

He was also sentenced to 22 years in prison by Judge Samuel Ozburn for possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana and obstruction.

Lackey will serve a minimum of 30 years in confinement before he is eligible for parole.

Lackey was found not guilty of tampering with evidence. The conviction for possession of cocaine was a lesser included offense of the charge of possession with the intent to distribute cocaine.

Richardson was shot in February at Lackey's house on Morningside Drive. He and Lackey's ex-girlfriend Christina Parker were there to pick up Lackey and Parker's child Amir.

Parker and Lackey argued inside the house about possible abuse to Amir while Richardson sat in the car outside smoking a cigarette. Lackey then exited the house wielding a gun before shooting Richardson in the neck.

Lackey and Parker drove Richardson to the hospital, but Richardson later died from his wounds.

In the confusion at Newton Medical Center, Lackey fled the scene. He was later cornered by a Covington Police officer on U.S. Highway 212.

After Lackey was in custody, a search of his house revealed quantities cocaine and marijuana, but no murder weapon.

"Today, justice was served for Larry Richardson and his family," Assistant District Attorney Melanie McCrorey said after the verdict.