Several years ago, in an effort to help Chris obtain a new appeal, his friend – the late Dennis Newton – began researching cases in Mississippi (both similar in nature as well as those with intentional, violent acts) that resulted in a sentence of manslaughter. He also researched cases with court errors that granted sentence reversal and/or new trials. Dennis compiled the list from news articles he found online. Unfortunately, several pages of the list have been lost during prison housing movements, however, the remaining pages can be seen here: SimilarCasesDennisLetter. The cases will be listed below (as Dennis sent them), with additional, new entries following.
Some of the people sentenced in these cases have already been released from the MDOC…meanwhile, Christopher continues to be unjustly held in the segregated dungeons of Mississippi State Penitentiary’s Unit 29. It is well worth noting that the following listings are just a small sampling of the many cases that can be found through simple online searches. Going deeper into legal research avenues would undoubtedly yield additional examples. In part, and as a whole, they highlight the extreme prejudices, arbitrary aspects, and rampant disregard for fair sentencing practices of the Mississippi court system. When cases involving gang leaders, weapons, sexual predators, and individuals with multiple convictions are handed 10, 20, or even 40 year manslaughter sentences for willful, violent acts – and self-defense cases involving teenagers are given life, there is no such thing as justice.
We invite you to review the 50+ cases below. Sourcing of the information in Dennis’ letter will only be added if the original article can be found online. New articles will contain source information. If you know of a case that should be included in the list, please contact Ue.
Beginning of Dennis’ letter
1. Full Article
A Moss Point man pleaded guilty Monday to manslaughter in connection with the July 17, 2007, drug-related shooting death of Eric O’Neal Perryman, 33.Joseph Lorenzo Sanders was 21 when he was arrested and charged with murder in the drug-related shooting. The charge was reduced to manslaughter in exchange for his plea Monday before the Circuit Court Judge Robert Krebs.Based on a recommendation from the state, Krebs ordered Sanders to serve 20 years in prison day-for-day.Perryman was shot several times before he died of a gunshot wound to the head. A passer-by discovered Perryman’s body around 6 a.m. in front of a vacant home at the former Charles Warner Homes public housing complex on Old Mobile Highway in Pascagoula.Police linked Sanders to the shooting a short time after he was arrested following a felony pursuit that ended about a mile before the Alabama state line. During the pursuit, police said, Sanders threw items out a window that were found and later identified as crack cocaine. Then Pascagoula Police Lt. Paul Leonard said at the time that police officers linked Sanders to the shooting death after serving a search warrant on the Krebs Street apartment of Crystal Shonte.
**Pages 2-4 are missing from the letter**
8. Published on 2008-07-11
A jury has found Jonathan Barfield guilty of the lesser charge of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of Tiffany Talley.Jurors deliberated more than five hours before reaching their decision. Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson set sentencing for Aug. 25.The delay is because the defense attorney asked for a pre-sentence investigation.Barfield, 19, shot Talley at his FEMA trailer on Canal Road on Dec. 27, 2006. Talley, 17, was a standout basketball player at Gulfport High School.
*Not included in Dennis’ letter – but a reference source can be found here.
9. Published on 2008-05-23
A man convicted 13 years ago of killing an infant was freed Thursday after a Circuit Court judge reduced the charge from capital murder to manslaughter.Assistant District Attorney Chris Schmidt said Circuit Judge Jerry O. Terry sentenced Dayon James, 38, to time already served on a guilty plea entered Thursday to the reduced charge of manslaughter. A Harrison Country jury convicted James in 1996 of capital murder for the shaking death of 7-week old Sha-Nekqua Keyes, while he was…
10. Published on 2008-05-16
Circuit Judge Jerry O. Terry on Thursday sentenced Patrick Joseph Champagne to 20 years on a manslaughter conviction. A Harrison County jury deliberated two hours Thursday afternoon before finding Champagne, 32, guilty in the fatal shooting of 22-year-old Heather Hanchette. The mother of four was shot in a disturbance at Champagne’s Orange Grove home on Deanna Street on Dec. 2, 2006.Terry suspended 10 years, leaving 10 to serve followed by five years of…
11. Published on 2008-05-09
Laroy Jones, accused of capital murder in the death of his 20-month-old daughter, gave an emotional plea Thursday to a lesser charge that will keep him behind bars for 15 years.Breanna Jones had a twin brother and two other brothers; one was a newborn, the other was 2 [and a half]. The litte girl died of severe trauma to the head Feb. 20, 2004. Jones hit the child as she woke him up while jabbing him in the face with a stick pin, said Assistant District Attorney Chris Schmidt.Circuit Judge Jerry O. Terry today sentenced a Gulfport man to prison on manslaughter plea from an incident that killed his 20-month-old child.
12. Published on 2008-05-01
A Poplarville woman torn with grief over her teenage son’s death said she wants leniency for the man accused of fatally shooting Shaun Allen.Jeremy Ladner, 21, received a $60,000 bond on a manslaughter charge Wednesday in an appearance before Pearl River County Justice Court Judge James Breland. Allen was shot Sunday night at Ladner’s home in Poplarville.Allen’s mother, Jolena Smith, said her son and Lader were longtime friends. A 21-year-old Poplarville man is in custody today on a manslaughter charge involving the fatal shooting of a 16-year-old high school student.
13. Published on 2008-04-09
A D’Iberville woman turned herself in after learning she was indicted on a manslaughter charge in the fatal shooting of her estranged husband.Beverly Hudson, 45, was charged Tuesday in the death of Gene Tyron Hudson. He has been shot multiple times at her home on Windsor Hills Drive on June 22, 2007. He was 52 and lived in Moss Point. Harrison County Sheriff Melvin Brisolara said Beverly Hudson wasn’t arrested at the time of the shooting because she claimed her…
14. Published on 2008-01-25
Circuit Judge Roger T. Clark today sentenced Dustin Ryan Berry to 35 years in prison for the manslaughter and robbery of 18-year-old Lynda Pham.Berry was 17 in November 2003 when he struck Pham on the head and robbed her as she left Pineville Mart, a Long Beach convenience store owned by her parents. He was indicted on a capital murder charge but pleaded to crimes with lesser penalties.Assistant District Attorney Joel Smith recommended maximum penalties of 20 years and 15 years be…
15. Published on 2008-01-24
James Richard Lago, “Jimmy” to family and friends, was only 16 when he stabbed 21-year-old Ryan Lee Williams to death.But Lago “made a man’s decision,” said Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson as she sentenced him Monday on a guilty plea to manslaughter. Dodson imposed the maximum penalty of 20 years but suspended 10 years, leaving 10 to serve and three years’ probation. She also ordered him to pay for Williams’…
16. Published on 2007-11-20
David Allen Stokes, the alleged triggerman in the July 27, 1998 shooting death of Roy Anthony “Tony” Glenn Jr., has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in exchange for his testimony against the victim’s widow.Stokes, 30, pleaded guilty Monday before Jackson County Judge Robert Krebs. The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office and Stokes entered into a plea agreement contingent on his truthful testimony against…
17. Published on 2007-10-16
A convicted felon and another man each received 20-year sentences after pleading guilty Monday to manslaughter in two unrelated cases.Convicted felon Leslie Cruise, now 38, admitted Monday he caused the March 4, 2005, death of 13-year-old Jacob Sigalis when he bought him and other youngsters vodka, whiskey and other alcohol to drink after picking the boys up at Singing River Mall in Gautier.Cruise was initially charged with capital murder, with the underlying felony being sexual…
18. Published on 2007-10-16
A former University of Mississippi student was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to a reduced charge in the 2006 dragging death of an Ole Miss police officer. Daniel Cummings, 21, of Germantown, Tenn., pleaded guilty to manslaughter by culpable negligence on the same day jury selection was to begin for his capital murder trial in Oxford. Prosecutors had been seeking life in prison without parole for Cummings in the Oct. 21, 2006, killing of Officer Robert Langley…
19. Published on 2007-05-30
Juan Jackriel Jones will serve seven years in prison for a fatal shooting he claimed was in self-defense.Jones, 31, was sentenced Tuesday on a guilty plea to manslaughter for the July 17, 2004, shooting of 36-year-old Michael Stallworth. The men were celebrating a friend’s birthday at a Gulfport lounge when the shooting occurred after a confrontation in the Boiler Room parking lot.Stallworth’s mother asked for the maximum penalty of 20 years, but Circuit Judge…
20. Published on 2007-05-14
Defendants in unrelated manslaughter cases have entered guilty pleas before Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger T. Clark.Amanda Sue Shavers, 31, admitted stabbing Jeffrey L. Farmer, 26, in an argument at her Saucier home in November 2005.Juan Jackriel Jones, 31, admitted shooting Michael Stallworth, 36, in an argument at the Boiler Room lounge in Gulfport in July 2004.Clark delayed sentencing in both cases pending pre-sentence investigations. The penalty range for manslaughter is…
21. Published on 2007-02-24
A sign-language interpreter told a hearing-impaired man on Friday that Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson was sentencing him to 15 years for manslaughter.Brian Keith Williams was charged with murder in the June 4, 2005, stabbing of William “Lou” Matunda. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charge [of] manslaughter, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years.Prosecutor Chris Fisher said the state recommended the lesser charge because of the facts and circumstances.Williams, 33,…
22. Published on 2007-02-03
Circuit Judge Lisa Dodson today sentenced Brian Keith Williams to 15 years in prison on a guilty plea to manslaughter.Williams, 33, was arrested on a murder charge in the fatal stabbing of William “Lou” Matunda, 49. The victim’s body was found June 4, 2005, in his duplex apartment on Sherry Lane in Biloxi.Williams pleaded to the reduced charge, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years.Prosecutor Chris Fisher said Williams, who is…
23. Published on 2007-02-0
A Gautier man was sentenced on manslaughter charges Friday to 15 years in jail for shooting his friend, former Gautier and Resurrection soccer player Brandon Anderson, in august 2005.Charles Jackson, 20, pleaded guilty in Circuit Cout and said he had been drinking and taking Xanax pills when he shot his friend.Jackson was playing around with a gun that belonged to Anderson’s uncle and he pointed it at Anderson and pulled the trigger, but it didn’t…
24. Published on 2007-01-25
Authorities upgraded the manslaughter charge against Jonathan Barfield to murder Wednesday following autopsy results that disputed the suspect’s account of how Tiffany Talley died.Autopsy results show Barfield, 18, fired a .22 caliber revolver probably within nine inches of Talley’s face, and from a 45-degree angle, Harrison County assistant prosecutor Herman Cox said in Justice Court on Wednesday, “Based on the autopsy, what (Barfield) said happened…
* Note – #8 in this list shows that Barfield was eventually sentenced under a manslaughter verdict.
25. Published on 2006-10-11
Hancock County—Troy Galarza, a man prosecutors once hoped to put away for life, will spend 10 years in prison for the 2004 killing of a Hancock couple.Galarza, 37, pleaded guilty this week to two counts of manslaughter in the double slaying of Steve J. Bossier, 42, and his girlfriend, Melissa Lynn Polk, 26.The couple’s decomposing bodies were discovered in March 2004 buried in shallow graves near Lower Bay Road in Lakeshore on land that Galarza’s family…
26. Published on 2006-10-11
Gulfport – Circuity Judge Steve Simpson has sentenced 71-year-old John Wesley Cole to the maximum penalty of 20 years for manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his girlfriend’s daughter.Cole pleaded guilty Tuesday to the September. 20, 2004, slaying of Precious Melody Smith, who was shot four times near her home on 21st street as she begged for her life and tried to run. She was unable to open the gate to a neighbor’s fence before she collapsed.Smith was 25 but…
27. Published on 2006-08-24
Raymond (AP) – A man has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for the 2003 stabbing and beating death of his employer.Willie Lee Mack pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter in the death of Gregory Acker, who he claimed had chased him with a baseball bat after Mack rebuffed a sexual advance.Mack had been charged with murder. Manslaughter carries a maximum 20-year sentence.Mack will be given credit for the three years already served and probably won’t have to serve…
28. Published on 2006-07-22
Lucedale – Patricia Simpson fell limp to the floor as Judge Dale Harkey found her guilty of manslaughter in George County Circuit Court on Friday, sentencing her to 20 years – 15 served and five post-release supervision.Simpson, who will turn 57 on Tuesday, was charged with murder in the Dec. 22, 2003, shooting of her husband.“There were three expert pathologists,” stated defense attorney Calvin Taylor, who requested the unusual bench trial.
29. Published on 2006-07-15
Pascagoula – Mark Mouchett was found guilty Friday night of manslaughter and sentenced to 20 years in prison for a road rage incident that claimed the life of a Pascagoula teen.After seven hours of deliberation, jurors found Mouchett, 47, guilty in the shooting death of Robert Modica, 16, in the parking lot of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Halloween 2004. The incident stemmed from a near-collision not far from the church.Modica was shot in the forehead…
30. Two Killers Sentenced/One gets Life, One Gets 20 Years
Pascagoula – One Jackson County resident will serve a life sentence and another will serve 20 years after judges heard guilty pleas Monday in cases involving two separate killings.One of the cases was a 1998 slaying, which remained unsolved until January 2005, and the other involved a 2003 case in which the wife of the defendant was slain.District Attorney Tony Lawrence said the sentences are proof South Mississippi’s justice system is back to full strength.Securing please “of this magnitude I think shows our court system is up and running and that we are working hard to bring justice to the victims,” Lawrence said.…section removed unrelated content…Charles White, 53, also was sentenced Monday. He pleaded guilty to manslaughter in a case involving his wife, Sherry. Neighbors said they heard an argument and then gunshots one day in November 2003. Judge Kathy King Jackson heard White’s plea. White received a 20-year sentence, with 15 of it to be spent in jail and five under post-release supervision.At White’s sentencing, according to the statement released through Lawrence’s office, White said he could not forgive himself for his actions that night. The couple had been married for 25 years.
31. Published on 2005-10-16
DeKalb – A 31-year-old Kemper County man has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of a high school student.Andian Derrel Rush was indicted for murder in May. His trial had been scheduled to begin Wednesday, but Rush accepted District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell’s plea offer.Rush was arrested in the shooting death of 17-year-old Christopher Brown. Brown was shot once in the head on Feb. 20 outside his home in the Kemper Springs community. Sheriff Sam Tisdale said the…
**End of Dennis’ letter**
Additional Case Listings
32. Mississippi Today, Around the State: Note: new trial granted based on appeal argument of improper jury instruction
A man convicted in 2015 of felony manslaughter should get a new trial, the Mississippi Court of Appeals agreed Tuesday. Malcolm Jamal Husband was convicted in Marion County and sentenced to 20 years in prison in a 2013 shooting that left a friend’s neighbor dead. The appeals court reversed Husband’s conviction and called for a new trial, saying the circuit judge’s error was prejudicial in allowing the jury to consider instruction that the victim was entitled to defend himself in what’s called the “castle doctrine.” In the 10-0 decision, Court of Appeals Judge Donna Barnes said that if the jury had been properly instructed there was sufficient, credible evidence to support a “heat of passion” manslaughter verdict.
33. Former gang leader pleads guilty to manslaughter Published June 22, 2006
Coahome County Circuit Judge Gray Evans accepted Roberson’s guilty plea Monday and sentenced Roberson, 38, to two, 10-year sentenced to be served concurrently in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Roberson pleaded guilty to the Christmas Eve 1999, slayings of Frank Anthony, 21, and Shadale Young, 14. …Clarksdale Police Department testified that Roberson was known as a former first-star elite with the Conservative Vice Lords.
34. Thomas Carr convicted of manslaughter in stabbing death of his wife. Published: Fe. 20, 2010
Pascagoula, Miss. – After almost six hours of deliberation, a jury Friday convicted Thomas Carr, 68, of the reduced charge of manslaughter in the 2008 stabbing death of his wife.Senior Circuit Judge Kathy King Jackson will sentence the St. Martin man March 10. Carr was on trial for a murder charge, which carries a sentence of life in prison. Because he was convicted of the lesser charge, he faces a maximum 20-year prison sentence. Testimony revealed Margie Faye Carr, 66, was stabbed 19 times, and Thomas Carr confessed to the killing in a taped police interview played in court.
35. Divided Mississippi Supreme Court overturns manslaughter conviction in Chinn Case - Note: Another case overturned due to jury instruction error, this one about the defendant’s theory of the case.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has overturned the manslaughter conviction of Noah Brent Chinn in the killing of his wife and has ordered a new trial. Chinn had been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2004 shooting of Shaniqua Chinn.But the court ruled in a narrow 5-4 decision Thursday that Jones County Circuit Judge Billy Joe Landrum erred when providing jury instructions.Presiding Justice Oliver Diaz Junior wrote that Landrum failed to grant a jury instruction on the defendant’s theory of the case.Chinn said the shooting was accidental…
36. Miss. Man lesser conviction in drowning. Published Oct. 11
A man was convicted of a reduced charge of manslaughter today for wresting a 7-year-old girl’s life jacket away from her and leaving her to drown in a Mississippi lake. Troy Carlisle, 28, told authorities he was trying to save Dallas Reinhardt when he removed her life jacket to pull her to shore. But Carlisle also testified that he knew the girl would die…
37. Three teens plead guilty to manslaughter. Published June 4, 2010
Three Vicksburg teens, reputed gang members who were set to go to trial Monday on murder charges, have pleaded guilty to manslaughter.Gemini Porter, 17, 2501 Culkin Road; Kersey Young, 18, 115 Adams Lane; and Roosevelt Dewayne Harris, 18, 1803 First East St., admitted in Warren County Circuit Court Thursday afternoon they shot 25-year-old Antonio Turner on March 15, 2009, after a botched robbery attempt on Alcorn Drive.Port, Young and Harris appeared one-by-one before Judge Isadore Patrick as the hastily arranged plea session replaced a scheduled court date for pretrial motions, District Attorney Ricky Smith said…
38. Homicide suspects plead guilty in Oxford Published May 2, 201
OXFORD – Several homicide cases have ended with guilty pleas during the April term of circuit court in Lafayette County….Lou Ann White, 55, pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the April 2010 beating death of her husband, Henry. Sentencing will be imposed later.Bilethon Autry, 26, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated assault on a law officer in the September 2009 death of his half-brother, Charles Ray Hodges, at their father’s Oxford home. In accordance with prosecutors’ recommendation, Judge Andy Howorth reduced the homicide charge to manslaughter from capital murder…Jilisa Jeffries, 22, was sentenced to 20 years with eight suspended after she pleaded guilty in December 2010 to manslaughter by culpable negligence after the November 2009 death of her son, Christian.
39. Ruffin, Griggs plead guilty to manslaughter Published November 14, 2001
Two men indicted for capital murder in the May 27 shooting death of Tyrone Moffett pleaded guilty to manslaughter Tuesday in Lauderdale County Circuit Court…Circuit Judge Robert Bailey…scheduled a formal sentencing hearing for Dec. 6. Transition from capital murder to manslaughter…
40. Miss. Coast man sentenced in cold case killing Published June 13, 2008
Stephen Leon Andrews has been sentenced to 20 years for the shooting death of a man whose body was wrapped in blankets before acid was poured on his face.The victim remains unidentified.The 30-year-old Andrews had pleaded guilty in late May to manslaughter in the June 2001 killing that authorities said was drug related. The Orange Grove-area resident was arrested in August 2004.Jackson County Circuit Judge Dale Harkey on Wednesday imposed the sentence, 15 years of which are to be served behind bars and five under post-release supervision. The initial charge against Andrews was capital murder, which was reduced to manslaughter.
41. Reeves Sentenced in Jackson County Court Published Nov. 6, 2013
A George County man accused of murdering his father in July 2012 pleaded guilty in a Jackson County court last month.Edmond Denton Reeves, 35, opted not to stand trial and pleaded guilty to first degree arson, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and second degree murder before Circuit Court Judge Dale Harkey.Reeves was sentenced to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 15 years of that sentence suspended and five years on post-release supervision for the second degree murder charge…
42. Waffle House killer gets anger management, 10 years Published March 14, 2017
The killer of Eric Hambrick will spend five years in anger management but less than a decade in prison…Hambrick, 52, who handled contracts and purchasing at MEMA, loved to sing, performing with First Baptist Church, the Mississippi Opera, the Mississippi Chorus, the Metro Male Chorus and local theater. He also loved Waffle House, stopping to eat there on 106 Larson St. after that night’s rehearsal on May 28, 2015.A week later, Arkel Coleman, 19, and Shrederrick Anderson, 18, confessed to Jackson police that they had fatally beat and robbed Hambrick that night.Because the slaying took place during another felony, the teenagers could have been charged with capital murder. Instead, they were each charged with murder and strong-arm robbery.Coleman pleaded guilty to manslaughter, and Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green sentenced him to 10 years in prison with an additional five years suspended. In exchange for the plea, the district attorney dropped the robbery charge.Coleman won’t have to spend all 10 years in prison because of time served in jail. Anderson’s case has not appeared before the judge.
43. Teen sentenced to 5 years for manslaughter Published Feb. 1, 2017
Natchez – An Adams County teen was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to manslaughter after a 2015 game of Russian roulette ended in the death of another teen.Sixth Judicial Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced Jeffery Lindell Blanton, 18, 708 Morgan Ave., to serve five years in state prison.District Attorney Ronnie Harper said Blanton previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter for the death of 17-year-old Justin Williams Jr. in December 2015…
44. Natchez teen pleads guilty to manslaughter, sentenced to 18 years Published August 18, 2016
Natchez – A Natchez teen will serve 18 years in prison for his role in the December 2014 shooting death of another teenager.Emmanuel C. Latham, 17, appeared before Sixth Judicial District Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson Wednesday to plead guilty to a lesser charge of manslaughter. Latham was facing charges of murder and armed robbery…
45. Roby sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter Published July 20, 2016
West Point, MS A Columbus woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter during this week’s Clay County Circuit Court term, and was sentenced to 20 years. Shunbrica Roby, 26, of Columbus, was found guilty of 1st degree murder in 2014, but was granted a retrial by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year.Roby — along with her cousins, Natisha and Latwanna Roby — was charged in connection with the 2012 death of Marcus L. Payne. According to the incident report, the three allegedly beat and stabbed Payne following an altercation at the Stop One Deli on the corner of North Division and Bugg streets in West Point.Payne was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, then NMMC in Tupelo, where he died of a stab wound to the chest, according to the incident report. Shunbrica Roby was sentenced to life in Mississippi Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole by Judge Lee Howard. Her motion for a retrial was denied by Howard in April 2014, with the state Supreme Court later reversing the decision.After pleading guilty to the lesser crime of manslaughter during this court term, Roby was sentenced to 20 years in MDOC, with three suspended, and three years of post-release supervision with a $500 fine.
46. Woman pleads guilty to manslaughter in husband’s death Published Feb. 6, 2017
Aberdeen – A woman has pleaded guilty in the death of her husband.Brianna Beeks Morgan of Amory pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Monday in Monroe County Circuit Court in a case dating back to October 2014.The Amory Police Department investigated the domestic disturbance case that left Morgan’s husband, 21-year-old Anthony E. Morgan, dead.Judge Thomas Gardner sentenced Brianna Morgan to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended and five years post-release supervision.Anthony Morgan died at Gilmore Memorial Regional Medical Center on Oct. 7, 2014, following the incident that occurred at Moore Manor Apartments.
47. Natchez man pleads guilty, sentenced to 15 years for manslaughter Published Nov. 23, 2016
Natchez – Moments before jury selection was to begin in the Sixth District Circuit Court Tuesday a Natchez man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with a deadly 2014 shooting. Maurice Davis, 22, 165 Tubman Circle, pleaded guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 15 years in state prison. Davis would be eligible for probation after serving five years. The maximum sentence for manslaughter is 20 years, which is what the victim’s family requested.Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson said Davis shot 20-year-old Terrence Thornburg on Feb. 23, 2014, after a dice game. After losing money in the dice game, Davis left and returned to the Thornburg residence to get his money back. Johnson said a large amount of alcohol was involved.Natchez police reported, Davis shot Thornburg in the back of the head while inside the victim’s residence.
48. Man sentenced to 20 years in prison for Jeff Davis manslaughter Published September 24, 2016
Prentiss, MS (WDAM) – A man convicted of manslaughter in the shooting death of another man at an apartment complex in Jefferson Davis County has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Eric Darrell Lott was found guilty of killing Adrian Eley on Sept. 19. He was sentenced Friday. Eley was shot at the Palmetto Apartments on June, 9 2015.
49. Jury reaches verdict in Jones County manslaughter trial Published July 31, 2015
JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) – The jury has reached a verdict in the manslaughter case against two 17-year-old Jones County boys. After just two hours of deliberation, the jury found both Alex Crews and Timothy Meadows guilty of manslaughter in the death of Timothy Williamson. Both were sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 15 to serve. The jury said that the case was a crime of passion. Day one of the trial:The trial of two teenagers accused of killing a Moselle man began Wednesday afternoon in Ellisville.Alex Crews and Timothy Meadows, both 17, are accused of killing 44-year-old Timothy Williamson in August 2014. Authorities said both teens got into an altercation with Williamson on River Road near the Leaf River in Jones County. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Williamson unresponsive and later pronounced dead. Crews and Meadows were taken into custody and taken to Jones County Jail. According to opening remarks, the trial is expected to cover what led up to the killing of Williamson. The defense is alleging that the teens were defending themselves from Williamson’s attacks. The state is putting forth that the teens had been drinking before the altercation and that they jumped Williamson before choking and beating him to death…The defense put forth that Williamson, a former enforcer for the Aryan Brotherhood, was prone to violence…
50. Herrington sentenced for manslaughter Published Aug. 8, 2016
NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) – Jonathan Herrington, who was convicted of manslaughter in the October 2014 shooting death of Billy Bishop, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison. Herrington testified before the jury in the July term of court. He said he shot Bishop out of self-defense.Herrington said a fight started after Herrington wouldn’t take a phone call Bishop was trying to give to him. Bishop was hitting Herrington in the face, then stumbled. When bishop stumbled, he went to reach for his gun in his waistband. That’s when Herrington reached under his pillow to grab his gun and shoot Bishop.Herrington waited for hours to call the police. Prosecution said evidence may have been tampered with, including the gun Herrington said bishop had. A jury convened for over two hours before returning a verdict of manslaughter.
51. Dennis Hurley pleads guilty to 2011 killing of Helena girlfriend, gets 20 years in prison Published Jan. 11, 2013
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Dennis Lee Hurley pleaded guilty this morning to shooting his girlfriend, cleaning her up, disposing of her blood-stained clothes and tossing his .32 automatic pistol off a Florida pier. Hurley, a 57-year-old Helena man, pleaded guilty to manslaughter by culpable negligence in the mid-June 2011 killing of his girlfriend, 51-year-old Beverly Diane Davis, before Judge Dale Harkey on Friday morning. The man was originally charged with murder by deliberate design, but the charge was reduced. Harkey sentenced Hurley to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, a $5,000 fine, all court costs and a $250 assessment to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
52. Alfred Darryl Robinson sentenced to 28 years in prison for Valentine’s Day killing Published May 19, 2011
PASCAGOULA, Miss. — A Moss Point man pleaded guilty to manslaughter and burglary charges Wednesday and was sentenced to 28 years in prison for the Valentine’s Day AK-47 shooting in 2009 that killed his girlfriend. Alfred Darryl Robinson, who was originally charged with murder, waived a jury trial scheduled for this week and pleaded guilty to the lesser charges.Based on state attorneys’ recommendation, Judge Dale Harkey sentenced him to 20 years in prison on the manslaughter charge and eight years in prison on the burglary charge. After serving those sentences consecutively, he is to serve five years’ probation under supervision of the Mississippi Department of Corrections…
53. Gautier’s Krystal Kersey gets 35 years in prison for running over, killing husband Published Mar. 6, 2015
PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Krystal Kersey, a 27-year-old Gautier woman who pleaded guilty in January to running over and killing her husband in 2013, was sentenced to 35 years in prison today.Circuit Judge Dale Harkey sentenced Kersey to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, 35 years to serve day-for-day and five years on post-release supervision…
54. Alabama man appeals manslaughter conviction in Mississippi Published May 8, 2014.
By The Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. An Alabama man sentenced to serve 15 years in prison for manslaughter in a 2008 shooting death at a Mississippi bar has appealed his conviction to the Mississippi Court of Appeals. James “Chuck” Newell was sentenced in 2012 in Lowndes County Circuit Court in the slaying of Adrian Boyette. Prosecutors said Newell, of Vernon, Alabama, fatally shot Boyette after an altercation outside the Slab House, a bar on the outer limits of Lowndes County, near the Alabama state line…Newell had been convicted of manslaughter in 2009, but the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned the verdict and sent the case back for retrial. In his appeal, Newell argues he acted in self-defense and his actions are protected by the Castle Doctrine.
55. ‘Fool in love’ sentenced for 2008 killing
PONTOTOC – Gause, 44, of Pontotoc was sentenced Friday by Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner, one day after a jury found him guilty of manslaughter and burglary, but not guilty of attempted assault of the estranged wife. Gardner sentenced Gause to 20 years for manslaughter and 25 years, with 15 years suspended, for burglary. Gause also will be on post-release supervision for five years. The sentences will run consecutively, meaning Gause will serve 30 years with the other 15 possible if he gets into trouble after his release. The jury convicted Gause on Thursday in the stabbing death of Jeffery Swords on March 22, 2008, at Tracy Gause’s trailer in Ecru. Defense attorneys said during closing arguments that Gause was not a cold-blooded killer but a “fool in love” when he killed Swords. Gause said he had gone to the trailer early in the morning to help Tracy Gause prepare for a yard sale. Prosecutors, however, said Gause’s sole purpose that day was to assault his estranged wife and to kill Swords. Gause was charged with burglary because he broke into the mobile home after seeing Swords’ truck in the yard and then, peeking through a window, the couple in the bedroom. Before entering the mobile home, Gause reportedly broke out the truck’s windows and slashed the tires. **Note: The MS Supreme Court threw out his burglary conviction because of an erroneous jury instruction in 2011 leaving him with just the 20 years for manslaughter and 5 years supervision.
56. Woman convicted of killing her son dies in prison
Hood pleaded guilty in 2010 to manslaughter and felonious child abuse in Pike County Circuit Court in the death of her son, Markqice Hood. Markqice died on May 16, 2008. Reportedly, state officials became aware of Markqice’s case when a family member called the Department of Human Services (DHS) out of concern for the boy. During trial, Hood’s then boyfriend, Thomas Kelly, gave a statement that a DHS case worker determined the toddler was “naturally small for his age.” Kelly also said one morning the child seemed ill and he suggested Hood take Markqice to the hospital but she refused, saying she might be accused of child abuse. Court documents reportedly showed that Hood didn’t give her son adequate food and Kelly knew about it but failed to report it. Authorities found the child’s body in his bed at a home shared by Kelly and Hood in McComb. They said Markqice was in a severely malnourished condition and appeared to have been dead for some time. Kelly, now 27, later plead guilty to manslaughter and felonious child abuse. He was initially sentenced to 40 years in prison. He remains in MDOC custody. Hood was sentence to 20 years for manslaughter and 50 years for child abuse with 10 years suspended. The sentences were ordered to run concurrently.
57. Man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter conviction Published July 11, 2015
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. (AP) – A Philadelphia man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the stabbing death of a Georgia man in 2014. The Neshoba Democrat reports 34-year-old Demetric L. Gray was sentenced Friday for manslaughter in the death of 41-year-old Zuave “Zay” Trice of Lithonia, Georgia… Gray had argued he was acting in self-defense when he stabbed Trice nine times because he believed the man was reaching for a weapon in his pants on the floor. Prosecutors say Gray attacked [his estranged wife] after finding her with Trice.
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