- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 28, 2014

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The state Court of Appeals has refused to order a new trial for Rufus Brook Jr., who is serving a 25-year sentence for his role in the death of his father.

Brooks pleaded guilty to manslaughter and conspiracy to commit murder in the 2005 slaying of his father, Rufus Brooks Sr., at the elder Brooks‘ home in Jackson.

The younger Brooks argued his sentence was too harsh.

The Appeals Court in Tuesday’s ruling says the trial judge did not give Brooks a sentence greater than the maximum allowed by law.

Brooks argued the 20 years to serve for manslaughter plus five years of supervised probation, amounts to a 25-year term. The Appeals Court says the probation is not included in the sentence he is to serve.

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