Antwain Dukes pleaded guilty to depraved heart murder in the death of Carolyn Temple yesterday in Hinds County Circuit Court. He also pleaded guilty to armed robbery. Judge Winston Kidd sentenced him to 25 years for each count. The sentences will run concurrently.
Dukes and his friend went on a crime spree in January 2015. They robbed people, beat up women, and eventually killed Carolyn Temple, a 69 year-old woman, in Belhaven. Dukes was free on a $25,000 bond for armed robbery went he and his gang began to terrorize the Jackson area. AA JPD press release issued when he was arrested stated:
Dukes is also being charged with the Armed Robbery of an Atmos Entergy employee.
Antwain Dukes and Antreal Jones were out on bond for a March 28, 2014 Armed Robbery. Both suspects have been indicted on this charge and are awaiting trial.
The sentencing order states Dukes will testify against his co-defendants as part of the plea bargain. Several other charges are remanded.
Kingfish note: Then there is this rather misleading headline over at the Clarion-Ledger:
Dukes did not get a 70 year sentence for killing Carolyn Temple. The headline is misleading and cruel to the family and friends of Carolyn Temple.