- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CORINTH, Miss. (AP) - The mother of a slain teenager embraced her son’s killer after he pleaded guilty Friday to a murder charge in a Mississippi courtroom.

Circuit Judge Thomas Gardner III sentenced 18-year-old Amartrie Moss, of Corinth, to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to a second-degree murder charge in the 2014 shooting death of 19-year-old Anthony Beene.

The Daily Corinthian reports (https://bit.ly/1RtaMpC) that Moss expressed remorse before Beene’s mother, Tashia Beene Johnson, told him that she forgives him.

“I just want to say to you that I am really sorry for you, for what has happened to you,” she told Moss before they embraced. “All along, I just wanted to be able to hug you and pray with you, because I knew that it had to have been some kind of anger.”

Moss was scheduled to be tried Monday on a first-degree murder charge before he pleaded guilty to the reduced charge.

Police said Beene, a 2014 graduate of Baldwyn High School, was shot five times on the evening of July 23, 2014. Moss turned himself in to authorities after the shooting.

Beene is survived by a daughter. Moss, who was 17 at the time of the shooting, also has a child and told the judge he is planning to get married.

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Information from: The Daily Corinthian.

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