JACKSON, MS – A 25-year-old man will spend 30 years in prison for the 2013 shooting of Jessica Keys and Kamron Conner at a North State Street gas station in Jackson, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Deangelo Morment, of Jackson, was sentenced Wednesday by Hinds County Circuit Court Judge Jeff Weill on two counts of aggravated assault following a July 17 conviction by a Hinds County trial jury. Judge Weill sentenced Morment to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five years suspended and 15 years to serve on each count. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 30 years to serve. Morment was placed on five years of probation upon his release.
On July 13, 2013, Morment and two other men ambushed Conner at the Gas Stop gas station in apparent retaliation, shot him, and fled the scene. Surveillance video showed Conner being shot multiple times and Keys being caught in the cross fire. Both victims survived.
The case of one suspect has been dismissed while the case against Frederick J. Smith, Jr. is still pending. Jackson Police Department investigated this case and arrested the three men, but the Hinds County District Attorney’s office recused itself from prosecuting.
“Violence does not belong in our communities. Now, there is one less violent criminal off our streets,” said General Hood. “This case was a team effort, and I thank those involved for seeing it through to justice being served.”
This case was also investigated by AG Investigator Perry Tate and was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders, both with the AG’s Public Integrity Division.
SOURCE: news provided by AGO.STATE.MS.US on August 2, 2018