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Man Pleads Guilty to Two Murders in Alcorn County

Alcorn County Sheriff Ben Caldwell leads Michael Lee Meeks out of the courthouse Thursday morning. Meeks pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder. (Photo by Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today)

By Josh Mitchell

Corinth Today News Editor

A 28-year-old man pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree murder in Alcorn County Circuit Court on Thursday morning.

Michael Lee Meeks was originally charged with two counts of first-degree murder, but the state agreed to reduce the charges to second-degree murder.

Meeks fatally shot Archie Wayne Williams and Jeanette Martha Gray on April 1, 2015.

He also pleaded guilty to grand larceny for stealing a truck that belonged to Gray.

Meeks was sentenced to 40 years on each count of second-degree murder with seven years suspended on each count. That gave him 33 years to serve on each count, but the murder sentences will run at the same time.

He was given five years to serve on the grand larceny charge.

With all three counts combined he will serve a total of 38 years in prison. He also has to finish serving time in a separate case for shooting into an occupied dwelling.

Alcorn County Circuit Court Judge John White handed down the sentence recommended by the state.

Prior to pleading guilty to the murder charges, Meeks underwent a mental competency examination to see if he was fit to stand trial. The exam determined that he was competent.

Meeks declined to say anything when given the opportunity by the judge. However, his attorney, Tyler Moss, said Meeks has had a tough life. Meeks is a tragic example of what drugs and alcohol can do to a person, Moss added. However, Moss said this does not excuse what happened to the victims in the case.

Meeks would take that day back if he could, said Moss, who also requested that his client be placed into protective custody in prison.

Judge White said the sentence of the victims in the case is forever and that he hopes Meeks comes out of prison a better person. The judge said he is saddened by what happened to the victims and that he hopes Meeks feels remorse as well.

7 Comments

  1. Cyndi Love Cyndi Love March 7, 2019

    Here is the outcome from court this morning. He plead guilty to both murders to get a lesser sentence. The only thing incorrect in this statement is where it says he will finish out the remaining years for shooting into a dwelling….this is not the case.. he is serving the remaining 5 years for violation of probation which comes after he shot and killed my mom and another person he stole her truck to leave town and still had her gun on him. When they ran out of gas in Alabama the law stopped them and he lied and gave a fake name. The officers asked for ID and found that he lied and that he was in MDOC. I was there today to hear it and I will keep my personal opinions off of social media but this is how it went.
    Comment from the victims daughter.

  2. Maxine Rivers Maxine Rivers March 8, 2019

    That piece of crap took the life of my sister and her friend. He took 2 lives. Do tyou think they could at the least give him one life sentence. This is rediculous. Why do some criminals have more rights and respect than the victoms??????

    • Peggy L Byrd Peggy L Byrd March 10, 2019

      I don’t care if it was your sister, you have no right to judge him. Not unless you consider yourself to be God. I always thought he was the only one that can judge. I’m sorry for what happened to your sister and her friend, and even though he did or didn’t kill them he’s still not a piece of crap. He is a human being just as we are.

      • Maxine Rivers Maxine Rivers March 12, 2019

        Apparently he thought he was God .He decided he could choose who lives or dies.He is a piece of CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So when does my sister get released from her death sentence????? He didn’t even have the balls to appoligize. His attorney had to speak for him.

  3. Billy Bob Thornton Billy Bob Thornton March 9, 2019

    Should’ve gave his ass the death penalty or at least a life sentence

    • Maxine Rivers Maxine Rivers March 22, 2019

      Hell yeah!!!!

  4. Maxine Rivers Maxine Rivers March 12, 2019

    Apparently he thought he was God .He decided he could choose who lives or dies.He is a piece of CRAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So when does my sister get released from her death sentence????? He didn’t even have the balls to appoligize. His attorney had to speak for him.

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