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Convicted killer's family's appeals denied

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The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Wednesday denied the appeals for the family of convicted killer Jesse Mathews.

The appeals for Ray Vance Mathews (his father), Rachel Mathews (sister), Kathleen Mathews (mother) and James David Poteete (Rachel Mathews' boyfriend) were denied because they signed waivers as part of their plea agreements.

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The waivers barred any appeals that the defendants might have exercised.

Jesse Mathews was found guilty of killing Chattanooga Police Department Sergeant Timothy Chapin.

His family, pleaded guilty to multiple charges surrounded the shooting; conspiracy to obstruct justice, accessory after-the-fact to a Hobbs Act robbery, and accessory after-the-fact to brandishing a gun in relation to a crime of violence.

Mathew's parents also pleaded guilty to transferring firearms to a known felon.

Jesse Mathews is currently serving a life sentence without chance of being paroled.

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