Leroy McCullar sentenced to 35 years for 2nd Degree Murder
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Leroy McCullar, 36 yoa, pled guilty to killing Darryl Harris on April 11, 2015, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
On April 11, 2015, Darryl Harris was found shot multiple times outside of the Shop and Save Store at 494 North Edison Street here in Greenville, MS. Greenville Police Department officers immediately responded to the store’s location. Upon speaking with Harris, he was able to identify McCullar as the man that shot him before he died from his gunshot wounds. After a thorough investigation, Leroy McCullar was arrested the next day and charged with First Degree Murder for Darryl Harris’ death.
McCullar was scheduled to stand trial for his crimes during this week of court. Instead McCullar pled guilty to the crime of Second Degree Murder for his actions and admitted to shooting and killing Harris. Judge Richard Smith sentenced McCullar to the District Attorney Office’s recommendation of 35 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Leroy McCullar will serve 30 years in prison without any opportunity for early release or parole. After his release, McCullar will then be on probation for five years.
Richardson added that, “since 2003, Leroy McCullar has continuously been a menace to this community. He now has the next 30 years to sit in a jail cell and think about the crimes that he has committed. We thank the officers of the Greenville Police Department for diligently working to bring this criminal to justice.”
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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