- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

KOSCIUSKO, Miss. (AP) - An Attala County father and son have pleaded guilty on charges related to the 2012 shooting death of a Sallis man they claimed was stealing scrap metal from them.

Court records show Clifford Frankie Barber, 54, pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact to murder and was sentenced to 5 years in prison Monday by Attala County Circuit Judge Joseph Loper.

Barber’s son, 28-year-old Steven Barber, also pleaded guilty to a charge of accessory after the fact to murder, with Loper sentencing him Monday to 5 years of supervised probation.

The elder Barber had faced murder charges in the January 2012 shooting of Cedric Montae Sharkey, 24, of Sallis.

Another man, 45-year-old Barry Ware, pleaded guilty in August 2013 murdering Sharkey and is serving a 30-year sentence at South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville.

Sharkey was shot through the chest and died after the other men had accused him of taking scrap metal. Sharkey fled the men and they chased him in their car. After wrecking his own vehicle, Sharkey ran into the woods. Frankie Barber and Ware ran after him, and shots were fired, with Sharkey dying of a gunshot to the chest.

Because Sharkey is black and the three other men are white, some Attala County residents demanded shortly after the shooting that they be prosecuted for hate crimes. However, such charges were never brought. FBI spokeswoman Deborah Madden said Thursday that the agency has continued to monitor the case through the sentencing of the men.

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