- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 23, 2015

MAGNOLIA, Miss. (AP) - A Louisiana man accused of gunning down two women in Summit has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

The Enterprise-Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1Pksgbs) that 38-year-old Corey Cowart of Kenner, Louisiana, was sentenced Monday in Pike County Circuit Court.

He pleaded guilty to two counts second-degree murder after being indicted for first-degree murder. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

He was accused of killing 30-year-old Christie L. Wells and 39-year-old Tomecka D. Williams on Nov. 12, 2013.

Judge Mike Taylor sentenced Cowart to 30 years with 10 years suspended and 20 years to be served with no early release.

Cowart entered a “best interest” plea, meaning he does not admit guilt but believes there is sufficient evidence for a jury to convict him.

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

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