'Always #WestervilleStrong': Police chief releases statement after killer's recommended sentence

Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli (left) and Eric Joering (right)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — Westerville Police Chief Charles Chandler released a statement following a jury's recommended sentence for a man who killed two police officers.

The jury recommended life without possibility of parole for Quentin Smith on Wednesday.

Smith was found guilty last week in the aggravated murders of officers Anthony Morelli and Eric Joering. A judge will deliver Smith's official sentence on Nov. 21.

Read the full statement from Chandler below:

"The verdict in this phase of the trial is met with many mixed emotions.

The most important result of today is that the killer will not have the ability to harm anyone in society again. We will continue to move on with the healing process and support the Morelli and Joering families. We will also ensure the lives of our fallen brothers are celebrated and never forgotten. Tony and Eric's actions embody the true heart of the American Police Officer; they made the ultimate sacrifice. There is no outcome that brings them back, so as a department and community, we move forward.

Again, thank you for the love and support. Always #WestervilleStrong"