Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Hernandez Richardson, 33 yoa, pled guilty to killing Benny Haynes in 2013, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. On September 3, 2013, the Washington County Sheriff’s Department along with the Hollandale Police Department responded to 102 Lilian Street where a family friend found Mr. Haynes dead. Benny Haynes died as a result of several stab wounds throughout his body. During the course of their investigation, Washington County Sheriff’s Department investigators found out that Hernandez Richardson was the last person scene leaving the home of Mr. Haynes. Upon questioning, Richardson admitted to killing Haynes, stating that he didn’t know why he did it. Hernandez Richardson was later charged with Capital Murder as he also stole Haynes’ vehicle to flee the crime scene.
This week in court Richardson pled guilty to Second Degree Murder and was sentenced to the District Attorney Office’s recommendation of 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Richardson will serve 35 years in prison without any opportunity for early release or parole.
Richardson added that, “I would like to thank the Washington County Sheriff’s Department for their hard work and dedication. Without them the family and friends of Benny Haynes may have never received justice.”
August 12, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105