Status hearing set for Brett Jones

Daily Journal file Brett Jones in 2005.

Brett Jones in 2005. (Daily Journal file)

By JB Clark

Daily Journal

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.

jb.clark@journalinc.com