Mississippi Supreme Court dismisses appeal in Lee County murder case

Brett Jones

The justices issued a 5-4 decision today.

Posted: Nov 29, 2018 4:42 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) – The Mississippi Supreme Court has dismissed the appeal of a Lee County man serving life without parole for killing his grandfather.

Brett Jones, 29, was 15 at the time he killed his grandfather at their home in south Lee County

Court records show Jones stabbed his Bertis Jones eight times and had to use at least two knives because the first one broke during the attack in 2004

Jones was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

He appealed siting federal court decisions on sentencing of minors, but the trial judge once again handed down a life without parole sentence.

Earlier this year, four justices on the state's highest court agreed to hold oral arguments in the case and heard them in September.

Today, justices issued a 5 to 4 decision to dismiss the latest request to review the case.

The four judges who voted against dismissal say they sentence should be vacated and the case should go back to the trial court for resentencing under the ruling saying juveniles should be given the chance for parole when sentenced.

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