Wayne County family outraged over sentencing in murder case

WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - A Wayne County family is outraged because the man who killed one of their loved ones have been sentenced to serve 20 years in prison.

Amber Andrews was shot in the head in February 2013 as she was driving home to Wayne County from work. Her estranged husband, Anthony Pace, was arrested and charged with murder.

"My grandson will never know how beautiful his mother was. He'll never know how beautiful she was and how much she truly loved him," said Charlene Andrews, mother of Amber Andrews.

According to Andrews' father, Pace followed his daughter all the way to Wayne county when she was shot while driving down highway 84. More than a year later, Amber's parents got to address their daughter's killer face to face in the courtroom.

"He's not sorry, he wasn't sorry when he pulled the trigger, and he's not sorry today," said Andrews. "The only thing he's sorry about is that he's gotta spend time in jail."

After three postponements, Pace was allowed to plea to second degree murder in January.

The family said the district attorney was anything but helpful when communicating to them about court proceedings over the past year.

District Attorney Bilbo Mitchell said the jury would have had to choose between two sentencing option had the case gone to trial.

"The Grand Jury indicted him for depraved heart murder with the lesser included offense of manslaughter, so if the case was tried, the jury would have to choose between those two,"said Mitchell.

According to the legal definition of "depraved heart murder," it is a killing that results from gross negligence.

"We need to find someone who'll stand up and fight, we need legislators who will represent the people and not the criminals," said Andrews.

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