Lamar Co. man pleads guilty for 2015 fatal wreck, meth

Lamar Co. man pleads guilty for 2015 fatal wreck, meth

LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Lamar County man is heading to prison after pleading guilty in connection to a 2015 fatal wreck and drug charges.

Jason Michael Backstrom, 36, pleaded guilty to culpable negligence-manslaughter and possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute.

Backstrom was charged in the April 6, 2015 wreck that killed Willie H. Simmons Jr. and it was later determined that Backstrom was operating his vehicle in a negligent manner while under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

The possession charge was linked to April 30, 2016, when narcotics agents served a search warrant on his Purvis home.

Backstrom was sentenced to serve the maximum of 20 years in prison on the manslaughter conviction. For the meth conviction, he was sentenced to eight years, six of those years being suspended. He will only serves two years for the drug charge.

The state also requested that the two sentences run concurrently.