According to a statement by District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson, a grand jury in Sunflower County recently handed down a guilty verdict in the April 17, 2017 shooting death of Aaron Beamon and the wounding of Savantae Pernell and Zachary Lee who were passengers in the car with Beamon.
Reportedly, after a three-hour deliberation, the jury found Garrick Price, 27 and Damien Ross, 24 guilty of all counts charged. Price was found guilty of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder and one count of possession of firearm by a convicted felon.
Ross was found guilty of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. Witnesses identified Price and Ross as the shooters who approached the victims as they parked on Galaxie Drive on the night of the murder.
Judge Carol White-Richard oversaw the proceedings and a sentencing date is on hold until a later date.
Under the laws of Mississippi, the only sentence for first-degree murder is life in prison.
The defendants also face a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison on each of the two attempted murder charges for which they were convicted. Assistant District Attorneys Takiya Perkins and John Herzog Jr., served as prosecutors for the case.