By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Twenty-seven-year-old Marcus Randle is headed for prison and up to 40 years in custody for crimes surrounding the shooting death of Walter Shumpert.
Randle, originally indicted for murder, apparently was shooting at someone else when his 380-caliber pistol’s round killed Shumpert, prosecutors said.
He was scheduled for trial Monday and potential jurors were readied for service.
But about 11:30 a.m., Randle pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of a stolen firearm.
Andrew Lee Jr. was injured in the May 25, 2009, Lee County incident.
Standing before Judge Thomas Gardner, Randle admitted he committed the three crimes. He also faces payment of $3,000 in fines, court costs, $300 to the Mississippi Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund and restitution.
Gardner accepted the sentence recommendation of assistant district attorneys, David Daniels and Heather Joyner.
Read more in Tuesday’s NEMS Daily Journal.