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Man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter

NATCHEZ — A Natchez man pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday in the April 23, 2016, death of an Adams County man on Morgantown Road.

Trodarrius Carter, 25, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of 39-year-old Eric Dewayne Hall.

Carter entered his guilty plea to manslaughter Wednesday in circuit court with District 6-2 Judge Debra Blackwell presiding.

Manslaughter carries a sentence of up to 20 years, Blackwell said.

Carter reportedly shot Hall multiple times during a domestic dispute between Carter and Hall’s sister, Pam Ferrington of the Sixth Circuit District Attorney’s Office told the court.

Hall’s uncle Terrell Hall told the court that he wants justice to be served.

“I don’t have hate in my heart, but I have a lot of anger,” Terell Hall said. “I want justice for my nephew, because it just doesn’t make sense.”

Addressing the court, Carter said he is sorry for what happened.

“I wish I could take it back. It was a spur of the moment. It happened so quick,” Carter said.

Blackwell accepted Hall’s plea to manslaughter and sentenced him to 20 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections with credit for time served. Carter has been in jail since the 2016 incident.

“It is a tragedy,” Blackwell said to Carter. “Your lawyers got a really good deal for you.”

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