Man sentenced to 20 years for murder

Published 7:43 pm Thursday, September 20, 2018

A Vicksburg man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty in Warren County Circuit Court to second-degree murder in the shooting death of another man in March 2017.

Circuit Judge M. James Chaney sentenced Byron Martez Reynolds, 32, 420 Hall Road, to 25 years in prison with 20 years to serve and placed him on five years supervised probation.

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Reynolds was accused in the March 7, 2017, shooting death of Reginald Gaines, who was a passenger in the rear seat of a car traveling south on U.S. 61 South, when he was shot in the head. He was taken by a private vehicle to Merit Health River Region and later flown by helicopter to UMC, where he died the next day.

In another case, George Edward Jones, 39, no address listed, was sentenced to five years in prison with one to serve after pleading guilty to grand larceny. He was also ordered to attend the Mississippi Department of Corrections’ short-term alcohol and drug rehabilitation program and placed on four years’ post release supervision.

He will serve his time at an MDOC restitution center until he pays off $1,584.50 in fines fees and costs, and pays $2,497 in restitution to his victim.

About John Surratt

John Surratt is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a degree in general studies. He has worked as an editor, reporter and photographer for newspapers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post staff since 2011 and covers city government. He and his wife attend St. Paul Catholic Church and he is a member of the Port City Kiwanis Club.

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