Man sentenced in 2003 Jackson slaying

A 22-year-old Jackson man has been

sentenced to 20 years in prison, with five years suspended, for a

2003 slaying that police say occurred after an argument among a

group of youths playing football in the street.

Police said Frederick Holt, 30, died in the Sept. 27, 2003,


This week, Hinds County Circuit Judge Tomie Green also said

Calvin Tyler will serve five years on supervised release after

completing his prison term.

A murder charge against Tyler was reduced to manslaughter in a

plea agreement. He pleaded guilty last month.

Assistant District Attorney Marvin Sanders said Tyler entered an

open plea - one without a sentencing recommendation.

"The victim's family agreed to the plea," Sanders said.

According to police reports, an argument started after a

football some young men were playing with landed on the car Holt

had parked in the street. He had asked the youths to stay off the

car with the football.

"They were upset because he parked the car on the street,"

Sanders said, based upon witness statements.

Words were exchanged between Holt and Tyler, who went into his

house, grabbed his uncle's shotgun and shot Holt in the chest and

leg, according to police.


Information from: The Clarion-Ledger,