NESHOBA COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Jonathan Herrington, who was convicted of manslaughter in the October 2014 shooting death of Billy Bishop, was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison.
Herrington testified before the jury in the July term of court. He said he shot Bishop out of self defense.
Herrington said a fight started after Herrington wouldn't take a phone call Bishop was trying to give to him. Bishop was hitting Herrington in the face, then stumbled. When bishop stumbled, he went to reach for his gun in his waistband. That's when Herrington reached under his pillow to grab his gun and shoot Bishop.
Herrington waited for hours to call the police. Prosecution said evidence may have been tampered with, including the gun Herrington said bishop had.
A jury convened for over two hours before returning a verdict of manslaughter.