By JB Clark
TUPELO – A Palmetto community man convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole when he was a teenager may get a new sentence soon.
A status hearing for 24-year-old Brett Jones’ case will likely decide the scheduling and process of his re-sentencing.
Jones was convicted at age 15 by a Lee County grand jury in the 2004 fatal stabbing of his 68-year-old grandfather.
Jones testified that his grandfather came at him in the kitchen and cornered him. He claimed he stabbed his grandfather in self-defense.
Prosecutors claimed the teenager was a troubled youth and got angry when his grandfather disapproved of his girlfriend.
In July, the Mississippi Supreme Court voted 6-3 to vacate his life without parole sentence and ordered the case back to Lee County for re-sentencing.
The decision was based on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that it’s unconstitutional to mandate a sentence of life in prison without parole for a juvenile.
The hearing is scheduled March 27 in Lee County Circuit Court. Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner is presiding in the case.