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Convicted murderer of Forrest County woman sentenced to life

A murder suspect was sentenced to life in prison after pleading guilty today in the killing of a south Forrest County woman over two years ago.

Jerome Harris, 23, will spend the rest of his life behind bars. He is one of two men responsible for murdering 25-year-old Laura Lynn Clark in april of 2006.

Clark's mother, Peggy Dearman, was present as Harris plead guilty to murdering her daughter.

"I've still got anger," said Dearman. "I've got anger on Allen and Jerome for what they did to my child. They took the special thing that I had in my heart, my only child."

The second man, Allen Armstrong, plead guilty in October.

Harris and Armstrong were convicted of kidnapping Clark from her McLaurin community home.

Her burned out vehicle was found in Palmer's Crossing; her body was found two weeks later near Paul B. Johnson State Park.

She had been shot once in the head.

Family members said Armstrong and Harris were longtime neighbors and friends of Clark's husband.

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