Man gets 30-year sentence in 2015 killing

Published 12:35 am Thursday, August 3, 2017


NATCHEZ — A Natchez man who pleaded guilty to shooting another man to death in 2015 was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday.

Lavandar Williams entered a guilty plea of second-degree murder to Sixth District Circuit Court Judge Forrest “Al” Johnson in March, but sentencing was delayed until this week.

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Williams pleaded guilty to shooting Charles Knight to death following an argument at M&M Grocery on Nov. 15, 2015.

Video evidence reportedly shows the victim leaving in a truck, with Williams allegedly chasing behind the vehicle carrying an AK-47 assault rifle and firing approximately 13 shots into the vehicle.

Law enforcement officials said Knight and Williams had apparently been involved in a disagreement inside the store shortly before midnight on the night of the incident.

The argument had spilled outside, where the two men reportedly became involved in a physical altercation.

Knight was reportedly trying to leave the scene in his truck when Williams retrieved a weapon from his vehicle and fired at Knight.

Knight’s vehicle left the store’s parking lot, crossed the roadway and came to a stop in a ditch behind a nearby church.

Knight was later pronounced dead at the scene. Coroner James Lee said at the time that Knight had received multiple gunshot wounds to the back.

Johnson said the sentencing could not be less than 20 years and could not be more than 40 years.

Johnson said any opportunities for parole would be up to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.