Suspect pleads guilty in connection to HPD murders

Suspect pleads guilty in connection to HPD murders
Jimmy Velton Brady Jr., 22/Photo credit: HPD

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A suspect charged in connection to the deaths of Hattiesburg Police Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate pleaded guilty in court Monday.

Jimmy Brady, 23, pleaded guilty to the sale of a stolen firearm, a Smith & Wesson .40 caliber handgun, the weapon allegedly used by Marvin Banks in the May 9, 2015, murders.

"The state will show that the weapon was used in May 9th, 2015, shooting deaths of Officers Benjamin Deen and Liquori Tate," 12th Circuit Court District Attorney Patricia Burchell said.

According to the indictment, Brady, between Feb. 15, 2015, and March 31, 2015, did knowingly and unlawfully sell or transfer the weapon to Banks.

Brady also pleaded guilty to an aggravated domestic violence case from April 2015 that occurred on Hillcrest Loop in Petal.

He was sentenced to five years to serve, which is the maximum for the weapon charge.

For the aggravated domestic violence case,  he was sentenced 10 years with three to serve and the remaining seven to be suspended on five post-release supervision, all to run consecutive.

Brady is the first of eight suspects remaining to plead guilty in the case.

Banks, who was charged with two counts of capital murder, grand theft auto and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, was found dead in his jail cell Dec. 11, 2015.

A preliminary autopsy showed the cause of death was severe heart disease, according to Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict.

Brady was remanded into the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.