Man gets 20 years, 6 suspended, in student's death

TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A 25-year-old man who pleaded guilty to manslaughter of a popular community college student has been given a 20-year sentence, with six years suspended.
The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal ( ) reports that Thomas James Ward was credited for time in custody since the 2010 death of Anna Catherine McCoy, a soccer player at Itawamba Community College.
McCoy was shot in the face in Ward's bedroom at his parents' home, after she and Ward went on a dinner date.
Ward said the shooting was a tragic accident, but was indicted with depraved-heart murder. A jury failed to reach a unanimous decision on that charge in May, and Circuit Judge James Roberts Jr. declared a mistrial.
Roberts pleaded guilty July 6 to manslaughter.
He was sentenced Thursday.
Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal,

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