Two sentenced for 2011 mall killing

Published 11:18 am Tuesday, March 18, 2014

NATCHEZ — Two half-brothers were sentenced Tuesday for their role in the August 2011 fatal shooting of a man at the Natchez Mall.

Latravis Clay, 25, pleaded guilty to manslaughter late Monday evening, while Lee Raymond Smith, 20, pleaded guilty shortly before his trial was scheduled to start Tuesday morning.

Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson sentenced Clay to 10 years in prison for his role as driver of the car that Smith fired from when shooting Walter Washington, 25, as he walked to his vehicle in the mall parking lot in August 2011.

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Johnson sentenced Smith to 20 years in prison with an order he serve 15 years and the final five years be served on supervised release.

Both men were ordered to serve their sentences at Parchman State Penitentiary in part because the victim’s family requested they not be allowed to serve their time at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility because Washington’s sister works there.

Clay also awaits trial in Concordia Parish for his alleged role in a fatal shooting in Ferriday in July.