- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Court of Appeals says it won’t toss out the conviction of a New Orleans man who pleaded guilty to capital murder after an October 2008 crime spree that started in that city and ended on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

Barron Lecour Borden pleaded guilty in 2011 to the slaying of Byron Kelsey McCoy, and was sentenced to life in prison. The plea allowed him to avoid the possibility of the death penalty.

Borden and two other Louisiana residents, Eddie Pugh and Torenda A. Whitmore, were also convicted in federal court in 2009 on charges related to the kidnapping of McCoy and another man, Rahman MoGilles. The three were sentenced to life in prison on the federal charges.

MoGilles was also shot after being abducted, but survived.

The Mississippi appeals court ruled Tuesday that a Jackson County circuit court judge in 2012 properly rejected Borden’s request to overturn his conviction. Borden acted as his own attorney on appeal and argued that the federal charges overlapped with the state charges.

In rejecting that argument, the appeals court wrote: “We find no merit to Borden’s claim that his Mississippi convictions subjected him to double jeopardy.”

Mississippi Department of Corrections records show Borden, now 40, is in the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility in Leake County.

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