Mother, daughter draw 20-year sentences for manslaughter

By NEMS Daily Journal

IUKA – A mother and daughter who each pleaded guilty last week to manslaughter charges in the 2009 death of a Burnsville man were sentenced in Tishomingo County Circuit Court today.

Linda Holt and Terri Sparks each drew 20-year sentences for the death of John R. Holt, Linda Holt’s father-in-law.

Judge Paul S. Funderburk sentenced Linda Holt to serve the full 20 years in prison, the maximum under state law for manslaughter. Sparks was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 12 years suspended and eight years to serve. Each was assessed a $1,000 fee, $100 fine to the victims compensation fund and $200 to the district attorney’s office.

Sparks’ sentence is to run consecutive to a 10-year sentence she is serving on a prior charge in Alcorn County, the judge said.

Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal newspaper.