Man gets 2nd life term in 1981 killing spree

By Steven Kreytak
AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF

Updated: 11:17 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, 2011

A man serving a life sentence for shooting a Travis County sheriff's deputy 30 years ago received a second life term Monday for fatally shooting another man during the same 1981 crime spree.

Rickey Ellison, 55, had been periodically eligible for — and denied — parole for the past decade on his original conviction for attempted capital murder in the Feb. 19, 1981, shooting of Deputy Charles Lacey, who later died of complications from his injuries.

Now, Ellison will not be eligible for parole again until he has served 20 years of his latest sentence.

In assessing punishment for the killing of Jimmy Milo, state District Judge David Crain said Ellison would receive credit for time served on the new sentence back to 2009, when he was indicted in the case.

"In spite of the 30 years that have passed, it still was the taking of a life, and it was a very brutal taking of a life," Crain said.

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