State Supreme Court upholds Laurel doctor's sentence

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the 20-year sentence of a Laurel Doctor for the 1997 murder of his wife.

The court ruled 5-4 four against overturning Malachy Dehenre's 20-year sentence behind bars.

Dehenre was found guilty of manslaughter during his second trial in January of 2008 for the shooting death of his wife Nayasha Dehenre 13 years ago.

The first trial ended with a hung jury. Jones County Assistant District Attorney, J. Ronald Parrish says although the decision by the court was close, it was one worth waiting for.

"This man is a despicable nasty person," said Parrish. "He not only killed his wife, that what he was convicted for, but I think people need to know about him. He also killed, two other women during abortions. One in Alabama and one in Jackson, Mississippi, and according to him he preformed 30,000 abortions on unborn children"

Parrish says Dehenre is not a U.S. citizen, and once released he will be sent back to his home in Nigeria.

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