Guilty plea in 2010 Lafayette County beating death

By The Associated Press

OXFORD — A Lafayette County man has been sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty to the 2010 beating death of another man.

The Oxford Eagle reports Willie A. Canon entered the plea Wednesday in the death of Derald “Pete” Connell.

Canon pleaded guilty to murder and two counts of burglary. Circuit Judge Andrew Howorth sentenced Canon to life on the murder count and 25 years on the burglary charges to run consecutively.

Prosecutors say Canon was one of four men who broke into Connell’s home and beat him to death.

Trials are pending for three others in the case.