Thursday, March 7, 2019

30 Years for Killing Wife Over Pizza

Rankin-Madison District Attorney John Bramlett issued the following statement.

Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney John K. Bramlett, Jr., announced today that John Preston Finch will serve thirty years in prison for second degree murder, day-for-day, for murdering Amy Renee Stewart on December 31, 2016, by shooting her in the chest with a single barrel 12 gauge shotgun.

On December 31, 20016, Rankin County law enforcement officials responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting on Chain Lain in the Walters Community. The first official arrived to find the front door ajar and Finch standing over the body on a couch in the living room. The official asked Finch to show him where the weapon was located and he took him into the master bedroom and produced a single barrel 12 gauge shotgun. The official then detained Finch on the porch while he secured the weapon in his patrol car.

Other officials arrived to find Finch covered in large amounts of coagulated blood and to be intoxicated. A gunshot residue test was also completed. He was arrested and interviewed at the Rankin County Sheriff's office.

Although Finch first stated that the gun went off by accident, he later recanted by telling law enforcement that he and Stewart got into an argument over heating a pizza and he shot her. He recounted to officials that he and Stewart were arguing when he went into the bedroom, picked up the murder weapon, walked back into the living room, pointed the gun at Stewart and shot her. He also admitted to owning the murder weapon.

District Attorney Bramlett stated, "Finch is a hot-tempered murderer. Because of his actions, an innocent life was taken. He will spend every day of the next thirty years in a Mississippi prison."

District Attorney Bramlett added, "This is a senseless killing that resulted because of an argument over heating a pizza. We sometimes forget that human life is precious and that once a decision to take the life of another is made that action can never be reversed."

District Attorney Bramlett concluded, "Rankin County Law Enforcement officials did an outstanding job of making sure my office had the tools to send a murderer to prison. They should be commended for the outstanding and professional job they do on a daily basis."


Anonymous said...

29 years plus 364 days, then nature takes over.

1980's dude said...

Pizza Hut needs to bring back the Priazzo- I would kill for that.

Anonymous said...

Rankin county law enforcement is to be commended? Has there ever been an easier case? Are they all getting medals?

Madison Rulz said...

What kind of pizza? Horrible press release.

Louis LeFleur said...

Hope it was at least over good pizza, artisan type. She probably wanted to microwave it and he wanted to use the oven. There is a compromise: microwave first then put in a hot skillet for bit to firm up the crust. Then again, it doesn't sound like he was one to compromise. Killing your wife over pizza?!?!?! JHC!

Anonymous said...

From the looks of this dude it was Hunt Brother's gas-station pizza all day long-

Anonymous said...

Just curious, how does intentionally shooting your wife amount to "second degree" murder? The code (and common law) define second degree murder as depraved heart murder (i.e. doing something so reckless that someone is almost certain to be killed but NOT intentionally killing the person). I know it's a plea deal and all, but if the guy copped to intentionally killing his wife, he should be in jail for life. Because that is NOT second degree murder. But whatever.

Anonymous said...

2:20. Agreed. Those were the best thing Pizza Hut ever did..

Anonymous said...

Did he eat the pizza before he called the law?

Anonymous said...

Now I'm a little confused. A recent case down in Jones county where Katherine Sinclair was shot in Greg Burroughs garage and he claimed it was suicide but then got indicted,for manslaughter, the word was the case didn't qualify for first degree murder and that Mississippi doesn't have second degree murder so they could only go for manslaughter. This case makes it seem ms does have second degree murder. Are the prosecutors in Jones county too stupid to know this? But to comment on the subject of the article, that's a crazy reason to kill someone and he deserves every day of the 30 years.

Progressive NRA Member said...

Why? This is why guns are not for everybody. There needs to be an IQ test for gun ownership. Also, a minimum net worth threshold. Impoverished and unintelligent people should not meet the criteria for the 2nd Amendment.

Anonymous said...

Some sick and sad individuals posting on this blog.

Anonymous said...

2:47, betting on plea.

Anonymous said...

And now taxpayers have to pay $1 million plus to keep his sorry ass in jail.

Anonymous said...

Thick or thin crust? NY style? Chicago style?

Anonymous said...

This story and recent killing in Carrollton County, the senseless killings are adding up. It’s one thing to be shot in the hood or shot at school, but you never expect being shot at home by one of your loved ones.

Anonymous said...

@8:15,,,,,,,i got news for you. you are most likely to be murdered or assaulted by someone you know very well rather than a complete stranger who jumps out of the bushes.

Anonymous said...

@10:03 PM, you are very correct. Methinks that @8:15 PM has been listening to NPR/CNN/MSNBC...

Anonymous said...

He didn't kill her over the pizza. He is jut saying that as a last insult to her because he knows the media will repeat it. He likely hated her and had been thinking about killing her for a long time.

The pizza thing is a fat joke. She weighed in excess of 400 lbs.

Anonymous said...

Throw him in GP and let nature take its course.

Anonymous said...

When someone decides to pull a gun a kill someone, it is a mental issue(or lack thereof), it has nothing to do with the gun.

Anonymous said...

Whether it's killing three people over a cigarette and whiskey or killing your wife over a pizza all goes back to harboring a deep resentment for those that were killed.

And it's Carroll County, not Carrollton County.

8:15 PM said...

Wait, there's a difference between Carroll County and Carrollton County?

Anonymous said...

Amen, 5:25. You people making jokes over murder are SICK.

Anonymous said...

4:38: “impoverished” people have no right to keep & bear arms?

I can well believe the upper classes would prefer to keep the unwashed masses unarmed.

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