Murderer gets 53 years added to his sentence|[05/09/08]

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 9, 2008

Anthony Trevillion, sentenced to life last month for the murder of 25-year-old Justin Maurice Harris, had an additional 53 years in prison tacked on Thursday for other convictions in his trial.

Anthony TrevillionWarren County Circuit Judge Frank Vollor assigned Trevillion the maximum time allowed. Trevillion, who was the first, and so far the only of five co-defendants in the killing to go to trial, was sentenced to 20 years for each of two aggravated assault convictions, 10 years for shooting into an occupied dwelling and another three for being a convicted felon in possession of a weapon.

Also, the judge ordered that the 53 years run consecutively to Trevillion’s life sentence. The life component, which by statute is mandatory for a murder conviction, means Trevillion is not eligible for parole until he’s 65. The 53-year sentence will start then.

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“We’re very happy with the judge’s decision,” said Assistant District Attorney Dewey Arthur, who led the prosecution in the case. “He (Trevillion) was a danger to the city of Vicksburg, and the community will not have to deal with him again.”

Three of the remaining four defendants in the June 2007 homicide, Armond Trevillion, 28, Alonzo Trevillion, 35, and Matthew Nash, 29, are Anthony Trevillion’s brothers. The fourth defendant is Rufus Armstrong, 32. All were indicted on the same charges as Anthony and still face trials.

“We plan on going for the same result with each co-defendant,” Arthur said. “Each of them played a role in this heinous crime and deserves equal punishment.”

No trial dates have been set for the others.

While testifying at his trial, Anthony Trevillion admitted going to Harris’ residence on Grammar Street with the others and shooting into the home about 3 a.m. The defendant and Harris were fathers of children by the same woman, according to various testimony.

He said he fired a 12-gauge shotgun, not an AK-47 assault rifle, which Dr. Steven Hayne, a pathologist with the Mississippi State Crime Lab who also testified during the trial, said killed Harris. Trevillion pointed the finger at a friend from New Orleans, whom he identified only as “Killer C.” Police Sgt. Sandra Williams, who investigated the case testified that none of the other defendants mentioned a “Killer C” in their police statements, casting doubt on whether such a person existed.

The defendant’s attorney, Jerry Campbell of Vicksburg, asked jurors to look into the possibility of a manslaughter conviction instead of murder. Campbell argued that Anthony Trevillion participated in the violent crime due to “heat of passion” or “uncontrollable rage.” Arthur explained that the killing was planned, not a burst of emotion, tracking the locations and encounters between the two over several hours, including the defendant seeking information about where he could find Harris and then going to the house.

Jurors deliberated only three hours before returning their guilty verdict April 16, ending the three-day trial. An appeal notice has been filed.

Anthony Trevilion has served time for a shooting death before. Twelve years ago, he and one brother, Armond, along with two other men, were indicted on two counts of murder for the deaths of Nathan Carson Jr., 26, and Frederick Freeman, 19, who were shot to death Aug. 18, 1996, outside the former River City Cabaret at Mulberry and Levee streets. Anthony was 19.

One of the other co-defendants took blame for the killing and murder charges. The teens were convicted of aggravated assault and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Two days after last month’s trial, Trevillion’s sister, Aletha Trevillion, 33, 1310 China St. Apt. B,, was arrested and charged with obstruction of justice for allegedly threatening a witness who testified in her brother’s trial. She was arrested again eight days later and accused of stabbing a man in the back.