July 23, 2016 11:15:04 PM
A Starkville man received a 60-year prison sentence Thursday for second-degree murder and armed robbery in a 2013 shooting at a local car wash.
Milton Brown, 28, pleaded guilty to the charges, according to Mississippi 16th Circuit District Attorney Scott Colom.
Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Brown to 40 years for the murder charge and 20 years for the armed robbery charge on Friday. The sentences are to run consecutively.
Brown was charged in the July 12, 2013, murder of Ellis Bishop Jr. at the Dawg Wash car wash on Stark Road in Starkville. According to court documents, Bishop was shot twice in the torso and once in the head during an attempted robbery that went awry during a narcotics transaction.
"Since I started my term as district attorney, I told my staff to prioritize the prosecution of violent crimes like the 2013 murder of Mr. Bishop," Colom said in a press release. "The hard work of the Starkville Police Department and the Assistant District Attorney Scott Rogillio resulted in this plea and conviction. Nothing can bring back the life lost to the Bishop family as a result of the defendant's terrible crimes, but this at least brings the family closure and justice."
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