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Appeals court upholds sentence in murder case

The man appealed the sentence based on a change in sentencing laws involving crimes committed by juveniles.

Posted: Mar. 8, 2018 1:56 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA)  -- A Clay County man has lost an attempt to have his life sentence in a murder conviction thrown out because the judge didn't properly review the court records.

Joey Montrell Chandler, 32, was convicted of murder in the 2004 shooting death of his cousin, Emmitt Chandler.


Investigators say the shooting happened after Joey confronted Emmitt about marijuana stolen from his vehicle and shot him twice.

He disposed of the weapon in a pond.

Chandler was 17 at the time of the shooting and in 2014 appealed the sentence because of rulings about sentences when the offense was committed by a juvenile in federal court.

The Mississippi Supreme Court allowed Chandler to pursue a hearing in Clay County Circuit Court on resentencing.

Following the a 2015 hearing, the judge once again sentenced Chandler to life in prison.

Chandler appealed again claiming the judge didn't properly look at his case and take into considerations all the factors before handing it down.

On Thursday, the Mississippi Court of Appeals says the judge was thorough in the six page sentencing document filed in the court record and upheld the court's ruling.

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