JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Two men charged in the 2014 murder of a Moselle man pleaded guilty to manslaughter charges on Thursday.
21-year-old Timothy Meadows and 21-year-old Alex Crews pleaded guilty in the death of 44-year-old Timothy Williamson, who was the boyfriend of Crews' mother at the time of his death.
Timothy Williamson died from strangulation and blunt force trauma to the head after a fight with the two, who were both 17 at the time.
"You forgive yourself and everything will be okay," said Williamson's mother, Judy Williamson, to Meadows as he entered a guilty plea at the hearing.
"I now accept your plea of guilty," Judge Dal Williamson said. "Mr. Meadows, I find you are guilty of this charge and there is a factual and legal basis for your plea of guilty. The court now finds you guilty as charged."
Meadows was emotional as the victim's mother took the stand fighting back tears with emotive words as their family was forever changed.
"You take the punishment you are acknowledging you need, and that you learn from it and you become a very productive individual when you come out," Judy Williamson said. "I pray for your protection, I do. I want you to know that I forgive you, and I love you."
Meadows was sentenced according to the District Attorney's recommendation of 15 years with nine years suspended and six years to serve. Judge Williamson is allowing Meadows to spend the coming days with his family and report back to court Monday morning when his sentence will start.
If he does not show up Monday, he will receive the full 15 year sentence.
Crews was sentenced to 20 years with 16 to serve.
In 2015, a jury found Crews and Meadows guilty of manslaughter and sentenced each to 20 years in prison with 15 to serve.
The judgment was reversed and remanded in February 2017 after it was determined that youth court possessed original jurisdiction and the state had not followed statutory procedure for transferring the cases from youth court.