Man pleads guilty to attempted murder

Published 11:40 pm Monday, January 14, 2019


NATCHEZ — A Natchez man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to an attempted murder charge in Sixth District Circuit Court in Natchez.

Riley Jerome Trask of Natchez was charged by a grand jury in September with aggravated assault-domestic violence, attempted murder, burglary of a dwelling, stalking and taking a motor vehicle, court records show.

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The charges stemmed from incidents on May 3 and May 13 between Trask and a woman he was dating at the time, the indictment dated Aug. 6 states.

On May 3, the indictment states, Trask put his then-girlfriend into a chokehold until she lost consciousness, causing abrasions and swelling.

The indictment says that on May 13, Trask had stalked and harassed his girlfriend by calling and texting her and making death threats before breaking into her house and shooting her in the stomach.

After shooting her, the indictment states, Trask stole her car.

Circuit Judge Lillie Blackmon Sanders sentenced Trask to 40 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections on Friday after he entered a guilty plea to the attempted murder charge.