Benny Motton pleads guilty to 2nd Degree Murder for 2013 Homicide
Greenville, MS – In Washington County Circuit Court, Benny Motton, 22 yoa, pled guilty and was sentenced for his role in the shooting death of Ronald “Bo Bo” Webster, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today. Motton had been indicted by a Washington County grand jury in January 2014. Benny Motton was scheduled to stand trial next week but he opted to plead guilty to his actions. Motton was facing a charge of 1st Degree Murder with a Firearm Enhancement with a potential penalty of Life in prison.
In open court, Benny Motton admitted his guilt and role in the shooting of Ronald Webster on Oregon Street here in Greenville, MS on June 5, 2013. Webster had been shot twice by two different caliber handguns. Motton is believed to have fired the fatal shot to Webster. Benny Motton was sentenced to 38 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the charge of 2nd Degree Murder.
After entering his plea of guilty Benny Motton was remanded to the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections where he will serve the duration of his sentence. Benny Motton’s co-defendant Damien Cooper pled guilty to his role in this heinous act in January of this year. Richardson added that, “the District Attorney’s office feels that justice has been served by this defendant being brought to justice to answer for his actions. Prior to being arrested and indicted for their crimes, Motton and Cooper continuously committed violent acts victimizing this entire community. Neither defendant should see the streets of Greenville, MS for a very long time.”
February 18, 2015
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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