JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — An Adams County man has been convicted of manslaughter in the February 2014 shooting death of another man.
Attorney General Jim Hood said 24-year-old Maurice Davis entered an open plea to manslaughter in court Tuesday.
Davis was sentenced to 15 years in prison with 10 years suspended, leaving five years to serve. Davis was also sentenced to 10 years of post-release supervision and ordered to pay $1,000 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
An open plea means that a defendant refuses to accept the state’s recommendation and instead throws himself or herself upon the mercy of the court.
Davis and two co-defendants were accused of the attempted robbery and killing of Terrance Thornburg in the early morning hours of February 24, 2014. Davis’s co-defendants are awaiting trial.
“We are working to bring Mr. Thornburg’s killers to justice, and with today’s conviction we are a step closer to that goal,” Attorney General Hood said. “I appreciate the Natchez Police Department for its efforts on this case and I thank Judge Johnson for sentencing this defendant to time in jail.”
The Attorney General’s Office took over the case following a recusal by the Adams County District Attorney’s Office.