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Jul 17, 2012 11:51 AM

Man Who Admitted Killing Best Friend Back In Jail For Parole Violation

The search is over for a Lexington man accused of violating his probation after he admitted shooting and killing his best friend back in 2009.

Jamar Mays was released on probation last year after serving time for shooting and killing Ali Shalash. Now, he's back behind bars because it appears Mays, now 19, who's been given multiple second chances, appears to have violated probation again and until Monday on the run.

Last year, Mays pled guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Shalash. He was sentenced to 10 years, but only spent two in juvenile prison. A judge probated Mays, and told him it was a gift, but set some very strict terms, and they were terms Mays violated rather quickly.

But still, Mays was given another chance. Court documents show Mays tripped up several times last month, when he admitted to using synthetic marijuana and days later was arrested in Madison County, where police found loaded .22 caliber handgun in his right front pocket.

Prosecutors made a motion then to revoke Mays' probation, but Mays couldn't be found. The last time he was seen by his probation officer was June 6. after being on the run more than a month, Mays was arrested in Richmond Monday.

Mays is now being held in the Fayette County Detention Center.


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