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Suspect pleads guilty to deadly Christmas drive-by shooting

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(WMC-TV) – A Tennessee man pleaded guilty to his involvement in a 2011 Christmas Day drive-by shooting that killed a 16-year-old girl in Marshall County, Miss.

Corey Albright had been indicted for the murder of Derica Patterson, but pleaded guilty to manslaughter during a plea hearing Tuesday morning in Holly Springs.

Albright will spend the next 10 years in prison. Afterward, he will have five years of supervision.

But Patterson's family says that is not nearly enough. It has taken two years for them to get answers.

"I can't describe the pain he put on me and my family," said Derica's mother, Carol Dye, as she held her daughter's diploma from Sheffield High School. That is where Derica would have graduated if she had not been killed. "I just want her to know that I love her, because I didn't get a chance to tell her the day that she left."

Derica's brother, Derrick, who was also in the car, was grazed by one of the bullets. He said his family does not know Albright and has no idea why he started shooting.

"I remember praying to God, telling her [Derica], please just stay with me. Please," recalled Derrick.

Albright did not say anything as he was ushered off to jail, but Patterson's grandmother had a message for him.

"When you take a life, you take it forever and he can be out, but my granddaughter is never going to come back," said Lavern Eggerson.

During his hearing, Albright provided investigators with information that led to the dismissal of murder charges against former suspect Rico Flemming.

Flemming led investigators on a manhunt after he was named a suspect. He was captured in St. Louis, arrested, and released on bond.

According to the Marshall County Circuit Clerk, Albright was sentenced to 20 years in prison, with 10 of those years suspended. He will serve 10 years in jail and does not have the option to appeal the sentence.

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