MADISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLBT) - Byron McBride will spend the rest of his life behind bars for the death of 6-year-old Kingston Frazier.
According to Madison County Sheriff Randy Tucker, McBride pleaded guilty in court Thursday and a judge sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
“Byron McBride entered a guilty plea this afternoon to the capital murder of Kingston Frazier. McBride was sentenced to serve the remainder of his life in prison, with no possibility for parole, no possibility for the eligibility for parole, no eligibility of early release. He will die in prison,” said Madison and Rankin Counties District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr.
The kidnapping and death stunned the metro area and made headlines around the country.
6-year-old Kingston was asleep in the back of his mother’s car on Thursday, May 18th, of 2017 — when the car was stolen from the parking lot of the Kroger on I-55 at 1:00 in the morning.
An amber alert was issued, and multiple law-enforcement agencies joined the search.
Hours later, the stolen car was found abandoned behind a building near the Gluckstadt exit off I-55 in Madison County.
The six-year-old was still in the back seat — where he’d been shot to death.
That same day, three people were arrested in the case — Byron McBride, who was 19 at the time, Dwan Wakefield and D’Allen Washington, who were both 17.
Wakefield was charged with accessory after the fact of murder, kidnapping, and vehicle theft.
Trial for Wakefield is set to begin on October 21.
Washington pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of kidnapping and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He will serve 15.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family," Bramlett continued. "With this conviction and sentence of life without parole, there will be no appeals. McBride admitted to shooting Kingston Frazier, causing his death. We don’t know why he took the life of this beautiful and precious child, but he did. We know today, with finality and closure, that he will spend the remainder of his life in prison and will never get out.”
We will have more on this breaking story.