Hattiesburg man pleads guilty to 2014 murder

Hattiesburg man pleads guilty to 2014 murder
Michael Sullivan Jr.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A Hattiesburg man pleaded guilty to a 2014 murder Friday in a Forrest County Courtroom.

Michael Joseph Sullivan Jr., 23, pleaded guilty to second degree murder in the July 5, 2014 death of Phillip Mattar.

According to Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem, Mattar died from blunt force trauma.

Mattar was a registered sex offender, convicted in 2006 for touching a child for lustful purposes; however investigators say that was not the motive behind the murder.

Sullivan was arrested after officers responded to a suspicious vehicle behind the New Jerusalem Temple of God at 101 McCall Street.

Sullivan was sentenced to 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, to serve day for day without the possibility of probation or parole.