Four Greenwood Men found guilty of August 2015 Shootings

Greenwood, MS – In Leflore County Circuit Court, a jury found Armand Jones, Michael Holland, Sedric Buchanan, and James McClung, guilty for their roles in the shooting that occurred on August 15, 2015 off of Highway 82 near Itta Bena, MS, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

The Leflore County jury returned their verdict Thursday night at around 6:25 p.m. after two and a half hours of deliberations. Armand Jones was found guilty of First Degree Murder and Three Counts of Attempted Murder. He faces a potential Life sentence for the First Degree Murder charge as well as 20 years in prison for each of the Attempted Murder convictions.

Michael Holland was found guilty of Second Degree Murder and Three Counts of Attempted Murder. He faces a potential sentence of 40 years in prison for the Second Degree Murder charge as well as 20 years in prison for each of the Attempted Murder convictions.

Sedric Buchanan and James McClung were both found guilty of Three Counts of Aggravated Assault but not guilty of the Murder charge. They face a potential sentences of 20 years in prison for each of the Aggravated Assault convictions. All defendants are scheduled to be sentenced at a later date this month when Judge Ashley Hines is back on the bench.

The case upon which these defendants were convicted for stemmed from officers with the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department finding a vehicle burning in a field off of Highway 82 on August 15, 2015. At the scene, the Leflore Deputy found D’Alandis Love dead and three other individuals shot several times. The trial began on Monday and finally ended Thursday night at around 6:30 p.m.

Richardson added that, “I would like to thank the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department and the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations for their tireless efforts in solving this case.”

Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105

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