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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Mississippi

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Choctaw Man Pleads Guilty to Second Degree Murder

Jackson, Miss –James Bell, Jr., 21, of Choctaw, Mississippi, entered a guilty plea on July 19, 2016 to second degree murder, announced U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis. The murder occurred in the Pearl River Community of the Choctaw Indian Reservation near Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Bell will be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Daniel Jordan III on October 17, 2016. He faces a maximum statutory sentence of life in prison and a $250,000 fine.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Choctaw Police Department. Assistant United States Attorneys Patrick Lemon and Darren J. LaMarca are prosecuting the case.

Updated July 22, 2016