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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