Two Plead Guilty to Manslaughter

By: Jessica Dealy Email
By: Jessica Dealy Email

Police say 65-year-old Henry Curry was beaten to death during a fight on the corner of 17th Street and 31st Avenue.

A pair of suspects charged in the 2008 incident entered guilty pleas in court Monday.

"They ain't throwing me away like you thought they would! I mean I'm gonna see you, though, that's for sure!" said defendant Marquis McNeely, 29, who pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

McNeely and 24-year-old Taboris Tamayo were sentenced by Judge Lester Williamson.

"One of them was smiling, laughing. The other was sitting over there like he was in outer space," said Curry's sister, Annie Thomas, who attended the hearing.

The antics of the two men were not the only things that upset Curry's family. They also said that Tamayo's sentence of five years jail time and five years probation and McNeely's sentence of ten years, to be too short.

Assistant district attorney Lisa Howell explained the reasoning behind the shorter than expected sentencing.

"Mr. Tamayo had mental issues we had to deal with and McNeely had prior felony convictions; we wanted more jail time for him. He was older," said Howell. "The problem we had was, this particular case was very sad, but my victim died about two weeks after the beating. so the defense could have argued that intervening causes could have led to the death."

The two men are now being held at Lauderdale County Detention Facility and will be transported to Rankin County's correctional facility in Pearl, Mississippi as soon as possible.


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  • by Jay on Jan 28, 2010 at 11:18 PM
    I can see where the whole two weeks thing could be a deterrent to go to trial for the DA and Judge but this was a 65 year old man against TWO people half his age. I know thoses five and ten years will be unpleasant for these thugs but has anyone else thought we spend too much money on inmates? How about a unseasoned meatloaf bread and water diet. cheap nutritious and tasteless.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2010 at 07:54 PM
    I thought these idiots got off to easy. And here he all in the camera throwing up dueces sign like everything is ok..But when he get his boney but in parchmen everything aint goin to be all fun and game..My heart went out to the family and I must say teh justice system really failed you on that...Death charges doesn't concern the DA let it been a drug charge somewhere involved then they would've seeked the death penalty
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:41 AM in reply to
      I can say one thing some people don't no what going on in the prison cause they never been so how can they say what going to change the only way a person going to do something to a person in there if they have a sex crime so talk what you know not what you think
  • by IforGot Location: where the police has got rubber bullets on Jan 27, 2010 at 03:59 AM
    It is a sad day. Yes I said it!! When you can get more time for killing someone in self defense, or trying to protect your family, or your property. BUT LET TWO THUGS KILL AN INNOCENT MAN AND THEY GET SLAPPED ON THE WRIST. I've got a nextdoor neighbor that got more time for embezzelment and all they took was $2000.00. Now I know that was wrong. But come on the D.A. and the JUDGE needs to grow a pair. And the govt. wants to harp about victims rights. What happened to this elderly mans rights? And the way the article was wrote. It sounds like the two thugs. Made a mockery of the court. I think the govt has got their priorties backwards. Their more worried about we got to stop this smoking in the bars and we're shooting for the cars and homes too. And the d.a. asking how are we gonna handle the tickets that are given out for smoking? Can we send to prison for 15 years? Common sense was throwed out the window many years ago. Only to be replaced with sheer stupidity. And political correct
  • by Randy Location: Meridian on Jan 26, 2010 at 02:07 PM
    I agree with others who have commented here that these sentences of 5 & 10 years for these two murderers are ridiculous! These two thugs should have been sentenced to death! To top it off, the Assistant DA gets in front of the camera, and tries to rationalize these "slaps on the wrists". THE BEST THING FOR EVERYONE, BESIDES PRAYER REGARDING THIS, IS FOR US TO REMEMBER THIS JUDGE & DA ON ELECTION DAY!
  • by James Location: Meridian on Jan 26, 2010 at 01:07 PM
    They should be beat to death . D A needs to be replace and get someone stand up to the thugs ! That goes for the judge to !
  • by Anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:56 AM
    I would like more severe penalties for these guys, too. They beat up an old man. But reality is that, if this case had gone to a jury, the defense might have been able to persuade the jury that this guy died from something else than the fight injuries. After all, Mr. Curry died two weeks later. You never know what a jury will do. The judges never get in front of the camera but they are the ones who impose the sentence, not the DA's office. The judge does not have to accept the guilty plea or the sentence agreed on by the defense.
  • by not surprised Location: Meridian on Jan 26, 2010 at 09:36 AM
    I feel so sorry for the victim's family, but am not surprised by the the DA's office. They are good at standing in front of a camera and grinning stupidy after being so lenient on murderers!
  • by jay B Location: Everywhere on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:54 AM
    To the family: My deepest condolences to you, you need not worry it has been my experience that scum like that usually get what's coming to them down the line.
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      by Anonymous on Jun 2, 2012 at 08:48 AM in reply to jay B
      I feel the same way cause he was my cousin and I didn't no at the time an I feel bad for what I done but I can turn back the hands of time
  • by AMY Location: MERIDIAN on Jan 26, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    I THINK THE SENTENCING IS SICKENING!!!! FOR THESE TWO THUGS TO TAKE A LIFE AND THINK OF IT AS A GAME TO ONLY GET 5 AND 10 YEARS IS RIDICULOUS!!! THE JUDGE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN INTO ACCOUNT THEIR BEHAVIOR IN THE COURTROOM!! AND AS FOR THE ASST. DA BEING HAPPY WITH THE SENTENCE....HOW HAPPY WOULD YOU HAVE BEEN HAD THAT BEEN ONE OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS??? THE JUSTICE SYSTEM OF LAUDERDALE COUNTY AND MERIDIAN IS WARPED!!!!
  • by Dawn Location: Meridian on Jan 26, 2010 at 07:45 AM
    It's disgusting to think these two scums of the earth were given such short sentences. They killed a man. They should at least get life. Personally, I feel like they should get the same thing the victim got...I can't imagine how the family feels.
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