Workplace Shooter Pleads Guilty

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A Northrop Grumman employee pleaded guilty Monday to murder in a workplace shooting that left one co-worker dead and another wounded at a Pascagoula shipyard.

Alexander Lett, 42, of Moss Point, also pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in the Feb. 21, 2005, shooting. Jury selection in Lett's trial was set to begin Tuesday.

Donald Ray Eddins of Theodore, Alabama died in the shooting. Ben Gaffney of Gautier was wounded.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence and Lett's attorney, Calvin Taylor, said explanations will be forthcoming Friday when Circuit Judge Dale Harkey sentences Lett. Lett faces a maximum of life in prison plus 20 years.

Gaffney and Eddins were shot during a meeting involving Lett at a multipurpose warehouse on the shipyard property. Around 30 people were in the immediate area, but no one else was wounded.