Court upholds guilty plea in murder case

An appeals court has upheld a guilty plea entered in a murder case.

Posted: Nov 14, 2017 4:51 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Grenada County man has lost an attempt to have his guilty plea on second degree murder charges thrown out on appeal.

Raheem Berry, 25, was sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to 2013 shooting death of Kenneth Maxwell Spells, 56, at a home in Grenada. 

Police investigators say multiple shots were fired but no weapons were found at the scene when police arrived.

Berry waived his right to appeal at plea hearing in 2014 but later filed a motion to vacate his guilty plea and sentence claiming he wouldn't have entered the agreement had he known he was waiving his right to appeal.

The trial judge denied his motion and the Mississippi Court of Appeals upheld the ruling saying Berry was asked during the hearing if he understood he would waive his right to appeal and Berry answered yes.

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