Man pleads to manslaughter in Pontotoc County

By David Helms/The Pontotoc Progress

Terry Dee Hayes, 54, originally charged with capital murder, pled guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in connection with the August 26, 2009, beating death of Gene David Inman, a 74-year-old native of Illinois.

Inman’s body was discovered by authorities in a shallow grave in the Troy Community.

Hayes and another man, 26-year-old Brandon Cory Grubbs of New Albany, were arrested and charged with capital murder and armed robbery in connection with Inman’s death.

Last Wednesday (April 11), Hayes pled guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to serve seven years of a 20 year prison term (13 years suspended).

Hayes also pled guilty to possession of methamphetamine and was sentenced to a four years concurrent prison term.

Hayes was placed on five years post release supervision and fined $1,000.

Hayes was also ordered to pay a total of $865 in court costs, $400 assessment to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, $200 to the Mississippi Crime Victim’s Compensation Fund and $90 restitution to the North Mississippi Narcotics Unit.

In October 2010 co-defendant Grubbs had pled guilty to charges of accessory after the fact to capital murder and unlawful use of a vehicle.

Grubbs was sentenced to serve consecutive five and 10 years prison terms.