Williams pleads to manslaughter

Published 10:51 am Tuesday, July 1, 2014

A Vicksburg teen who shot and killed a Jackson man in the opening hours of 2013 will spend 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter.

Quenterius Cortez Williams, 19, 1201 Lummie St., was sentenced to 15 years in prison followed by five years’ probation last week by Circuit Judge M. James Chaney after pleading guilty to the lesser included charge of manslaughter.

He must also pay a $5,000 fine and $384.50 in court cost.

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Williams, who was represented by Branan Southerland, had been indicted for murder in April 2013. He was set to go to trial in September.

Williams shot 19-year-old Jules Humphrey of Jackson in the head with a pistol on Jan. 1, 2013.

He told sheriff’s investigators that the men were fighting over a gun when it accidently discharged and the shot fatally wounded Humphrey.

His co-defendant, Edward Mazie, 29, 3516 Washington St., initially was also was charged with murder, but he was arraigned in May 2013 on the lesser charge of accessory after the fact to murder.

Investigator Mike Traxler said forensic evidence showed that scenario was impossible.

Humphrey’s body was found Jan. 2 on Jackson Road about a mile from Vicksburg’s city limits.

Williams also was also found guilty last week of violating a nonadjudicated sentence for burglary of a dwelling and was sentenced by 15 years in prison to run concurrently with the manslaughter sentence.

In that case, Williams broke into a home in the 1100 block of Jefferson Street on or about April 29, 2011, according to the indictment against him, which was filed in October 2011.