Former death row inmate seeks new sentence

A Parchman inmate has been transferred to the Bolivar County Jail while he awaits his appeal for a lesser sentence. Kelvin Dycus spent time on death row until the Supreme Court found that it is unconstitutional to impose death on prisoners who were under the age of 18 when the crime was committed. Dycus was 17 when he and his brother allegedly killed 76-year-old Mary Lee Pittman of Cleveland in 1998 for a small amount of cash and food stamps and the keys to her car. It was described as a merciless assault on an elderly woman who had opened her door to them and who had just been in the hospital days earlier with pneumonia. Dycus’s sentence was previously changed from the death penalty to life without the possibility of parole. He’s now seeking life with parole.


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