Man sentenced in Panola County slaying

By The Associated Press

BATESVILLE — A Panola County man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for the 2011 shooting death of a Batesville man.

The Panolian reports that 22-year-old Derrick Burdette was sentenced Thursday by Circuit Judge Smith Murphey.

Prosecutors say Burdette was convicted of manslaughter in January in the death of Herman Smith in Batesville.

Smith was shot Jan. 26, 2011, while he sat in his car at Still Trailer Park, located in west Batesville. Prosecutors say Smith lived long enough to identify his attacker.

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