Greenville Murderer Sentenced To 30 Years


GREENVILLE, MS (Ben Caxton) — Washington County resident Wadarren Lawrence pled guilty to Second Degree Murder in Washington County Circuit Court, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced Thursday. Lawrence was set for trial this week, but instead, he pled guilty before Judge Margaret Carey-McCray on Monday. Lawrence was indicted by a Grand Jury in April last year for the February 2015 killing of Jaylon Vaughn. Lawrence and his victim had been attending a party when words were exchanged. Lawrence then pulled out a firearm and shot and killed Vaughn, who was 17 years old at the time of his death. Judge McCray sentenced Lawrence to 30 years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections with 25 of those years behind bars without the possibility of parole or early release. The remaining 5 years will be served on Post-Release Supervision with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Lawrence also received a seven-year sentence with the Mississippi Department of Corrections for an unrelated charge that he pled guilty to at the same time.


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