Former Brookhaven man sentenced for manslaughter and armed robbery

Former Brookhaven man sentenced for manslaughter and armed robbery

JACKSON, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Mississippi Attorney General's Office.

A former Brookhaven man has been sentenced for manslaughter and armed robbery, announced Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood.

Aaron LaDaniel Lyons, age 34, was sentenced by Lincoln County Circuit Court Judge David Strong for the January 16, 2004, robbery and shooting death of a Lincoln County convenience store owner.  Judge Strong sentenced Lyons to 20 years for manslaughter and 35 years for armed robbery with five years suspended and five years of post-release supervision.  The sentences are to run consecutively with a total number of 50 years to serve.  Lyons was ordered to pay $5,000 in fines, restitution to the victim's family for funeral related expenses and court costs.

On January 16, 2004, John Henry Deere, Jr., 55, was shot and killed during a robbery at the Airport Pic-n-Pac on Highway 51 near Brookhaven.   In March of 2005, another individual was indicted for the crime, but he was later released and charges were dismissed due to the lack of physical evidence.  In June 2013, DNA from the crime scene was matched in a national database to Lyons who was in prison in Texas on unrelated charges.  Lyons was indicted September 3, 2014, on one count of murder, one count of armed robbery, and one count of conspiracy.  The conspiracy charge was dismissed.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims family,” said Attorney General Jim Hood.  “We greatly appreciate the work of the Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing, and 14th Judicial District Attorney, Dewitt “Dee” Bates, Jr.”  The case was prosecuted by Attorney General's Public Integrity Division. 

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