Hinds County Resident Going to Prison for Manslaughter and Aggravated Assault

July 31, 2014

A Hinds County man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for manslaughter and aggravated assault involving two separate but related cases, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.

Henry Roundtree, 25, of Jackson, appeared before Judge William Gowan in Hinds County Circuit Court Tuesday and entered his guilty plea to manslaughter and aggravated assault involving the death of another Jackson resident. On the manslaughter charge, he was sentenced to 20 years to serve as a habitual offender (meaning he will serve his sentence day for day) in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.  On the aggravated assault charge, Judge Gowan sentenced him to 20 years. The two sentences are to run concurrent.

The defendant and his co-defendant entered the home of a Jackson resident and during the attempted robbery, a struggle ensued. During the struggle, the homeowner was shot in the hip. A friend of the homeowner, who was present at the time of the robbery, was shot and later died as a result of his injuries.

While Roundtree was incarcerated on the first offense at the Raymond County Detention Center, he and four other detainees participated in the stabbing of another inmate with shanks. The victim was stabbed several times in the back, hand and head. In that case, Roundtree entered a guilty plea to aggravated assault. Judge Gowan sentenced Roundtree to 20 years, ten years suspended with five years to serve post-release supervision.

These sentences in both cases will run consecutive to one another, meaning the defendant was sentenced to a total of 30 years, with ten years suspended and five years post-release supervision.

These cases were investigated by Larry Ware and Perry Tate and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders of the Attorney General’s Public Integrity Division.

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