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Louisiana man gets 10 years for 2016 Mississippi slaying

March 4, 2021 GMT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — A shooting at a Mississippi restaurant during a drug deal that left one person dead has resulted in prison time for a Louisiana man.

U.S. District Judge Taylor B. McNeel on Wednesday sentenced Demethius Dixon, 29, of Shreveport, Louisiana, to 10 years in federal prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for carrying and using a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, resulting in the firearm being discharged, Acting U.S. Attorney Darren LaMarca and Special Agent in Charge Brad Byerley with the Drug Enforcement Administration said in a news release. Dixon was also ordered to pay a $1,500 fine.

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The incident happened June 26, 2016, when Dixon and his co-defendant, James Windham, met with a third person at a restaurant in Hattiesburg in order to sell two ounces of marijuana. During the drug transaction, Dixon discharged a weapon several times, ultimately resulting in the third person’s death, prosecutors said.

Following the shooting, Dixon and Windham fled, discarding the marijuana and firearms. Hattiesburg Police later recovered the drugs and guns.

Dixon and Windham each was indicted June 25, 2019. They pleaded guilty on Sept. 24, 2020.

Windham’s sentencing is pending.