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Louisiana man sentenced to 40 years for Canton murder

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A Louisiana man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for killing a man in Canton.

Querjajuan Butler, 24, of Metairie, La. pled guilty to second-degree murder for the shooting death of Marquez Lindsey.

On June 9, 2022, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to 111 Whisper Ridge in Canton where a man had been shot multiple times. The victim died from his injuries after being transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Investigators identified the suspect as Butler who had come to Canton from New Orleans.  Butler had recently begun a relationship with a co-conspirator, Ikela Ephriam, after the two met in New Orleans. However, Ephraim was also in a relationship with the victim.

An altercation between Butler and Lindsey at Ephraim’s residence ultimately led to Butler shooting Lindsey multiple times. Ephriam then drove Butler into Jackson and away from the scene.

Butler was sentenced to serve the maximum of 40 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, which he will serve without the possibility of parole. Ephriam pled guilty to accessory after the fact to murder and was sentenced to serve eight years.

“The Madison County Sheriff’s Office did an excellent job working this murder case. Our hearts go out to Mr. Lindsey’s family,” District Attorney Bubba Bramlett stated. “All this senseless violence must stop. We work with too many parents who are heartbroken over the loss of their children to violent crimes.  I hope our communities can work together to stop tragedies like this one.”

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