REGENCY INN MURDERER BROUGHT TO JUSTICE
Greenwood, MS – District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today that Sean Massey, 46 yoa, of Greenwood was convicted of Second Degree Murder in Leflore County following his guilty plea in front of Circuit Judge Carol White-Richard on January 9, 2023.
On May 27, 2021, patrol officers with the Greenwood Police Department responded to the Regency Inn in Greenwood in reference to a 9-1-1 call regarding an injured person and a man walking around the hotel with an ax. Upon arrival, officers found the body of Kassicy Garrett in one of the hotel rooms. After discovering the body, detectives were called to the scene and immediately began collecting evidence including extensive hotel video surveillance. A man, later identified as Sean Massey, Ms. Garrett’s boyfriend, was seen to be the last person entering and leaving Ms. Garrett’s room before hotel staff found her body and called police.
Massey was later indicted by the Leflore County Grand Jury for First Degree Murder and chose to plead guilty to the lesser-included offense of Second Degree Murder. Under Mississippi law, Second Degree Murder carries a minimum sentence of twenty (20) years and a maximum of forty (40) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Judge White-Richard sentenced Massey to 30 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections with 25 of those years to be served in prison and 5 of those years to be served on post-release supervision. Under Mississippi law, Massey will serve every day of his sentence without any opportunity for early release or parole.
The case against Massey was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Amanda Sturniolo Langford who expressed her appreciation for the lead detective on the case, Lieutenant Serafin Simon, Jr. who spent countless hours reviewing the video surveillance and investigating the case to ensure that another violent criminal is removed from the streets of Greenwood and Leflore County. “Nothing we can do or say can bring Kassicy back to her family, but I hope that this sentence brings them some measure of comfort that her murderer will be in prison for a very long time. The District Attorney’s Office is committed to fighting for the victims of all crimes especially those like Kassicy Garrett who was the victim of such a senseless, violent crime.”
The Office of the District Attorney extends its gratitude for the hard work and dedication of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Greenwood Police Department. “Although this conviction can’t undo the hurt and pain caused by the loss of Ms. Garrett, we do hope that it provides some sense of peace, closure, and healing to her family, friends, and those who truly loved her,” said District Attorney Richardson.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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