Guilty plea entered in Itawamba County January shooting

William “Monroe” Walden, a Tishomingo man arrested and charged with the January killing of his cousin, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

Walden entered the plea before Judge James L. Roberts during a brief court session, Tuesday. He was sentenced to 20 years with all time to be served, the maximum sentence the charge can carry.

Roberts was arrested in connection with the Jan. 20 shooting death his cousin, Rosa Ables of Golden. According to Itawamba County Sheriff Chris Dickinson, Walden shot Ables, who was visiting from out of town, in the back with a 12-gauge shotgun after the two had an argument over narcotics.

Walden was previously charged with murder, to which he had originally entered a plea of not guilty. Manslaughter is a lesser charge that carries a lighter sentence.