Rankin Co. man sentenced to 30 years for killing wife over argument about heating a pizza

Although Finch first stated that the gun went off by accident, he later recanted by telling law enforcement that he and Stewart got into an argument over heating a pizza and he shot her.

Rankin Co. man sentenced to 30 years for killing wife over argument about heating a pizza
Man shoots wife over argument about reheating pizza; Source: Attorney General's Office

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - According to Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., a Rankin County man will serve 30 years for murder.

John Preston Finch will serve thirty years in prison for second degree murder, day-for-day, for murdering Amy Renee Stewart on December 31, 2016, by shooting her in the chest with a single barrel 12 gauge shotgun.

On December 31, 2016, Rankin County law enforcement officials responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting on Chain Lain in the Walters Community.

The first official arrived to find the front door open and Finch standing over the body on a couch in the living room.

When Finch was asked to show where the weapon was located, he took the officer into the master bedroom and showed him a single barrel 12 gauge shotgun.

The officer detained Finch on the porch while he put the weapon in his patrol car.

Other officials arrived to find Finch covered in large amounts of coagulated blood and to be intoxicated. A gunshot residue test was also completed.

He was arrested and interviewed at the Rankin County Sheriff’s office.

Although Finch first stated that the gun went off by accident, he later recanted by telling law enforcement that he and Stewart got into an argument over heating a pizza and he shot her.

He recounted to officials that he and Stewart were arguing when he went into the bedroom, picked up the murder weapon, walked back into the living room, pointed the gun at Stewart and shot her. He also admitted to owning the murder weapon.

District Attorney Bramlett stated, “Finch is a hot-tempered murderer. Because of his actions, an innocent life was taken. He will spend every day of the next thirty years in a Mississippi prison.”

District Attorney Bramlett added, “This is a senseless killing that resulted because of an argument over heating a pizza. We sometimes forget that human life is precious and that once a decision to take the life of another is made that action can never be reversed."

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