NEW ALBANY, Miss. – A West Point man has been sentenced to life in prison for the 2012 shooting death of a Starkville High School star athlete.
Tavaris Collins, 35, was sentenced Wednesday after a Union County jury found him guilty of first degree murder. Devin Mitchell, 16, was attending a New Year’s Eve party with relatives at a West Point apartment complex when he was shot just after mid-night. Collins had claimed he opened fire because he thought the exploding fireworks was someone trying to shoot him.
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