Ben Meeks pleads guilty to killing February 2015
Greenwood, MS – In Leflore County Circuit Court, Ben Meeks, III, 48 yoa, pled guilty to killing Reshunda Moore, 27 yoa, on February 10, 2015, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
On February 10, 2015, Reshunda Moore was found strangled to death at her home on State Street in Greenwood, MS. She was found by her father who immediately called 911. Upon the arrival of Greenwood Police Department investigators and Emergency personnel, it was determined that her only visible injuries were bruising found around her neck. Greenwood Police Department investigators later charged her boyfriend Ben Meeks, III with First Degree Murder for Moore’s death.
Ben Meeks, III was scheduled to stand trial for this homicide, but he chose to plead guilty before Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines. Ben Meeks pled guilty to the crime of Second Degree Murder and was sentenced to the District Attorney Office’s recommendation of 30 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections to serve in prison without any opportunity for early release or parole.
Richardson added that, “our hearts go out to the family members of Reshunda Moore. It’s sad that she died at such a young age. This case marks the second time that Ben Meeks, III has been sent to prison for a homicide. In 1999, he was convicted for the crime of Manslaughter for killing his then girlfriend to whom was pregnant and Meeks was sentenced to serve a total of 30 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Meeks had just been released by the Mississippi Department of Corrections on September 4, 2014, just months before killing Moore.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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