Dewayne RichardsonMississippi Delta DA 4th District

Greenville, MS— Shamarlon Jones, 24 of Greenville was sentenced to a decade in prison following his guilty plea on Monday, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

In October of 2020, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to Blaylock Road where deputies found the body of Kenneth Mason lying near the road. Investigators arrived on scene and immediately observed apparent gunshot wounds to the victim’s torso, along with multiple shell casings.

Mason’s vehicle was located about a week later occupied by Frederick Pearson, Shamarlon Jones, and Donnell Corbin, III. The investigation revealed that after Pearson shot and killed Mason, Jones and Corbin later assisted with attempting to disguise Mason’s vehicle by spray painting the wheels and switching the license plate with one stolen from another vehicle. The three also used Mason’s credit and debit cards at local stores. Jones was later indicted for Accessory After the Fact, Tampering with Physical Evidence, Receiving Stolen Property, and Credit Card Fraud.

He appeared in the Circuit Court of Washington County on Monday and pled guilty to his crimes. He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Richard Smith to the District Attorney’s recommendation of fifteen (15) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with ten (10) years to serve.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Kaylon McCou. “Those who knowingly assist criminals, especially those who have committed murder, will be brought to justice just the same,” he added.

Pearson previously pled guilty to the killing and received a forty-year sentence. Corbin remains indicted for his role after the crime. He is presumed not guilty until proven guilty in a court of law.