Man pleads guilty to cab driver's death

He will serve life without parole plus 80 years on armed robbery charges.

Posted: May 4, 2018 2:25 PM
Updated: May 4, 2018 3:09 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A Tupelo man has pleaded guilty to the 2016 shooting death of a cab driver in Lee County.

Leonta Gates, 25, pleaded guilty to capital murder in the death of Charlie Williams.

Williams, 55, responded to a call for a ride on Evans Circle in Tupelo on May 13, 2016.

He was later found dead on Graham Drive just outside the Tupelo city limits and his cab was found at Theron Nichols Park.

On May 15, Gates was accused of robbing two people at the Chevron South Gloster Market and Deli but was captured shortly afterward.

District Attorney John Weddle says Gates pleaded guilty after a competency hearing ruled he was competent to stand trial.

He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole on the capital murder charge.

Gates also pleaded guilty to two counts of armed robbery and was sentenced to 80 years in prison.

He is currently being held in the Lee County jail.

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