- Associated Press - Friday, April 18, 2014

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A Gloster man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2013 fatal shooting of Harry Chapman.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1r4MeHd ) Ricky Renard Howard Jr. also pleaded guilty in Pike County Circuit Court this week to two counts of simple assault on a law enforcement officer.

Circuit Judge David Strong sentenced him to 40 years with 10 years.

Howard was one of three people arrested in what authorities have described as a drug deal gone bad. Authorities say Chapman was found dead from a gunshot wound at his home in McComb.

District Attorney Dee Bates says Desmond Tramone Taplin of Centreville and Michael George Veals of Woodville each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit armed robbery and cooperated with prosecutors. They have not yet been sentenced.


Information from: Enterprise-Journal, https://www.enterprise-journal.com

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