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Purvis, MS – 15th Circuit Court District Attorney Hal Kittrell announces that during the last Lamar County term of court beginning on May 1 and ending on May 18, 2018, Phillip Don Lawson, 41, of Purvis, MS, was found guilty by a Lamar County Jury of two counts of child molestation and one count of statutory rape. Lawson is scheduled to be sentenced May 29, 2018 and faces a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

Darren Damar Lang, 25, of Hattiesburg, MS, pled guilty to the depraved heart murder of Demetrious Minor and was sentenced to 25 years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections,

Donald King, Jr., 37, of Sumrall, MS, pled guilty to the depraved heart murder of Kimberly Fae Raynes and was sentenced to serve 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Kendric Cantrell Jefferson, 36, of Hattiesburg, MS, pled guilty to one count of aggravated assault of Damon McLendon and one count of possession of a weapon of a convicted felon and was sentenced to 20 years to serve for the count of aggravated assault and 10 years to serve for the count of possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

District Attorney Hal Kittrell states that “We are pleased that these three serious cases were resolved. We commend the Lamar County Sheriff’s department for their hard work on the Lawson, Jefferson and Lang cases and the Sumrall Police Department on their excellent work on the King case. We hope the victims in these cases find some peace in the convictions of these men.”