Man pleads guilty to student's murder

Source: MGN

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - A northeast Mississippi man has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of a Mississippi State University student.

Jaylen Barker Tuesday pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder in the Nov. 6, 2016 death of Joseph Tillman.

The 21-year-old Tillman was a senior marketing major from Schlater.

Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillio tells local news outlets that Barker planned the robbery with friends and asked Tillman to give him change for $100. Rogillio says one person snatched Tillman's wallet and ran, while Barker shot and killed Tillman.

The 22-year-old Barker had faced the death penalty in a trial scheduled for May.

Barker's attorney, Sanford Knott, couldn't be reached for comment.

Syboris Pippins remains charged with capital murder in the case. Brandon Sherrod is charged with accessory after the fact.