Greenville Man Sentenced for 2016 Murder

GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Greenville man has been sentenced for his involvement in a 2016 murder. John Lee Eanes pled guilty this week in front of Circuit Court Judge Carol White-Richard to the November 2016 murder of Sophia White. The 77-year-old Eanes was convicted of the crime of Second Degree Murder and sentenced to twenty years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Eanes will have to serve fifteen years of that sentence in prison. Sophia White was initially reported missing to the Greenville Police Department by family members in December of 2016. An investigation by the Greenville Police and her family led them to make contact with Eanes, who was a friend of the victim. Officers spoke with Eanes and he confessed to killing White after an argument over a card game. While speaking with officers, Eanes admitted to stabbing White multiple times with a knife. Officers recovered a large amount of forensic evidence at his home in Greenville linking him to the murder of White. Eanes ultimately led officers to a rural part of Washington County where he had hidden White’s body days before.



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