- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

MCCOMB, Miss. (AP) - A man sentenced to life in prison for murder in 2012 has been resentenced to 30 years after the Mississippi Supreme Court overturned his conviction and ordered a new trial.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1DHlJ2u ) 23-year-old LeDarius Bonds, of McComb, was indicted for murder in the Aug. 27, 2010, shooting of 19-year-old LaJeremy Sebron of Tylertown.

Sebron’s body was found Sept. 2, 2010, following his disappearance Aug. 27. The burned remains of his car were found on Morgantown Road.

Bonds and Sebron worked together at Sanderson Farms. Sebron was shot in the back of the head with a .38-caliber pistol.

Bonds pleaded guilty last week and sentenced to 40 years with 10 years suspended and 30 years to serve behind bars. He also was given five years’ post-release supervision.

The Supreme Court overturned the conviction in May in a 6-3 decision. The court’s majority said the trial judge erred in allowing a photograph of the victim’s body that was so gruesome that it served no purpose but to turn the jury against Bonds.

The justices said Bonds’ attorney has agreed the victim dies of a gunshot wound to the back of the head.

Three dissenting justices said prosecutors used the photograph to disprove one of Bonds’ stories, in which the victim had accidentally shot himself in the back of the head.

Bonds had argued the shooting was self-defense.


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

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