Appeals court upholds life sentence for convicted killer - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Appeals court upholds life sentence for convicted killer

Allen Goul (Photo source: MDOC) Allen Goul (Photo source: MDOC)
JACKSON, MS (WLOX) -

A Mississippi appeals court has upheld the life sentence for a convicted killer in a crime that shocked the coast.

Back in 1993, Allen Goul pleaded guilty to the murder of 45-year-old Betty Garrison, who was killed as she slept in her mother's bedroom in her Bayou View home in Gulfport.

Twenty-three years later, Goul filed an appeal claiming his guilty plea was involuntarily entered and he received ineffective counsel.

The state appeals court disagreed and upheld Goul's guilty plea and life sentence.

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