Greenwood, MS- Michael Holland, the last defendant to be sentenced in the 2015 Highway shooting near Itta Bena was sentenced today, District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced. Michael Holland, Armond Jones, Sedrick Buchanan, and James McClung were each indicted by the Leflore County Grand Jury during the July 2016 term of court for one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted Murder.
Richardson said, “Jones, Holland, Buchanan, and McClung were found guilty of separate charges stemming from the shooting which occurred on August 15, 2015, on Highway 82 West near Itta Bena. The shooting resulted in the death of Delandis Love and the injuries of three others while they were driving west on Highway 82.”
Michael Holland was found guilty on May 18th, 2017, of Second Degree Murder and three counts of Aggravated Assault. He was sentenced today by Judge Ashley Hines to a total of 130 years in prison. Judge Hines sentenced Holland to 40 years in prison for the second degree murder conviction and three separate terms of 30 years in prison for the attempted murder charges, each to run consecutively.
In this case, there was a fifth defendant, Jacarius Keys, who was initially charged with being a codefendant in this murder and attempted murder case. He was killed on December 28, 2016. Holland and Buchanan have been charged with First Degree Murder for killing him as well. That case is currently pending review by a Leflore County Grand Jury.
Pursuant to Mississippi state law, defendants sentenced for Second Degree Murder and Attempted Murder must serve every day of their sentence and are not eligible for early release. This case was investigated by the Leflore County Sheriff’s Office and prosecuted by Tim Jones and Trish Rodgers; the District Attorney’s office appreciates the hard work of the investigation agency in helping to remove these violent offenders from the streets of Greenwood and Leflore County.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105