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Man given life in prison for stabbing girlfriend to death
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Wendall Gregory Armour

A man was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the 2018 fatal stabbing of his girlfriend in East Hall, according to court documents.

Wendall Gregory Armour, 51, entered a non-negotiated plea to an indictment including malice murder Feb. 10 before Superior Court Judge Andrew Fuller.

Armour was accused of stabbing his 42-year-old girlfriend, Jodi Lane Gerrell, Feb. 17, 2018, at a residence in the 4700 block of Miller Lake Road.

“The sentence imposed today was just and reflective of the brutality of Armour’s crime. We’re grateful to the judge for seeing it just that way,” Northeastern Judicial Circuit District Attorney Lee Darragh said in a statement.

The additional charges in the indictment of felony murder, aggravated assault and possession of a knife during the commission of a felony were merged for sentencing.

“Mr. Armour has accepted responsibility for his actions and hopes that the family of the victim can somehow find peace in their lives going forward. He is truly remorseful for his actions and accepts the judgment of the court,” defense attorney Les Aiken wrote in an email.

According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, authorities responded to a call about a man behaving abnormally. Armour was taken for evaluation to Northeast Georgia Medical Center.

“After the ambulance departed the scene, the residents who placed the initial 911 call became concerned for the welfare of others in the residence and went to check on them,” Sgt. Stephen Wilbanks wrote in a news release. “Inside the home they discovered the body of Armour’s girlfriend, 42 year-old Jodi Lane Gerrell, and called 911.”

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