Prentiss, Mississippi. Fifteenth Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that Eric Darrell Lott was convicted following a jury trial on the charge of Manslaughter. The week-long trial, presided over by Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald, IV, concluded on September 19, 2016 when a Jefferson Davis County jury found Lott guilty of manslaughter in the shooting death of Adrian Eley, which occurred on June 9, 2015 at the Palmetto Apartments in Jefferson Davis County. Following the jury verdict, the Court scheduled a sentencing hearing for September 23, 2016 in Prentiss, Mississippi at the Jefferson Davis County Courthouse. Due to his conviction, Lott faced a maximum penalty of up to twenty (20) years in prison. At the conclusion of the sentencing hearing, the Court imposed the maximum sentence of twenty (20) years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
This case was investigated by the Jefferson Davis County Sheriff’s Department in conjunction with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation (MBI) and was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Morris Sweatt and Assistant District Attorney Lindsay Watts.
District Attorney Hal Kittrell says, “I am pleased that justice was swift in this case and that we were able to provide closure for the victim’s family. Due to the particular facts of this case, I believe that the imposition of the maximum sentence was just and am pleased that the Court agreed in imposing its sentence.”