Three sentenced in killing of a seventeen year old in Itta Bena
Greenwood, MS: On August 6, 2018, in Leflore County Circuit Court, Demarcio Baines and Devonte Williams pled guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of seventeen (17) year old Knicholas “Little Nick” Bradley in Itta Bena, Mississippi. Andraus Griggs also pled guilty to conspiracy to shoot into a dwelling in relation to the shooting death of Knicholas Bradley.
One day later, on August 7, 2018, Cedric Cross pled guilty to manslaughter in the shooting death of Knicholas Bradley as well as shooting into the house where Bradley was staying.
Cross, Williams, Baines, and Andraus Griggs were all indicted for First Degree Murder by the November 2017 Grand Jury. The men were scheduled to stand trial during the week of August 6, 2018. According to the Leflore County Sheriff Department’s investigation, the shooting at the Rainey Alley residence was in retaliation for a shooting that occurred at H & H earlier in the evening on January 16, 2016.
The penalty in the State of Mississippi for manslaughter carries a penalty of one (1) year in the county jail or a minimum penalty of two (2) years and a maximum penalty of twenty (20) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections while the penalty for aggravated assault is not more than one (1) year in the county jail or not more than twenty (20) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The penalty for shooting in a dwelling under the Mississippi Code Annotated is imprisonment in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for a maximum amount of ten (10) years or by imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one (1) year.
Baines, Williams, and Griggs await sentencing on August 20, 2018, while Cross was sentenced to twenty (20) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the Manslaughter charge and ten (10) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the charge of Shooting into a Dwelling to run consecutively. Cross will serve a total of thirty (30) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Richardson added, “Although the sentences cannot bring Knicholas Bradley back, the District Attorney’s Office hopes that his family can feel a measure of closure from the fact that the people who took his life are being held responsible for their actions.”
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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