Stuart given 20 years for killing his brother

Published 7:00 am Thursday, June 27, 2019

The man who was arrested for the murder of his brother back in 2017, has pleaded guilty and been sentenced for the crime.

Fifteenth District Attorney Hal Kittrell said that 60-year-old Steven Eric Stuart pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the killing of his brother, then 53-year-old John Wesley Stuart in April of this year before the honorable 15th Circuit Court Judge Claiborne “Buddy” McDonald.

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Steven Stuart was originally arrested for a warrant for murder, previous coverage states. Kittrell said the family of multiple siblings came to an agreement to allow Steven Stuart to plead to manslaughter to lessen the loss the family has dealt with.

According to previous coverage, investigators determined Steven Stuart shot John Stuart at his Poplarville home back in September of 2017 after receiving a request to conduct a welfare check. The investigators arrived to find John Stuart was deceased and had suffered multiple gunshot wounds, previous coverage states. 

Tuesday, Judge McDonald sentenced Steven Stuart to 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, the maximum sentence for a conviction of manslaughter, Kittrell said.  Had Steven faced the charge of first-degree murder, the maximum sentence could have been life.  Steven Stuart could be eligible for parole after serving 10 years, but that does not mean it will be granted, Kittrell said.

“I think it was an equitable sentence,” Kittrell said.