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Man pleads guilty in double murder case

A nearly four-year-old double-murder case came to a close on Thursday as defendant Michael Lee Meeks entered guilty pleas in Alcorn County Circuit Court.

Meeks, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts of second degree murder, reduced from first degree murder, and a charge of grand larceny. He was arrested in April 2015 in the shooting deaths of Archie "Wayne" Williams and Jeanette Martha Gray.

Judge John White gave Meeks 33 years to serve, with seven years suspended on a sentence of 40 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections on each count of second degree murder. The two sentences run concurrently.

On the charge of grand larceny, White handed down a sentence of five years in custody to be served concurrently with the other sentences.

The sentences handed down Thursday are to run consecutively to an eight-year sentence Meeks is currently serving for shooting into a dwelling.

White ordered Meeks to be held in protective custody.

The shooting victims were found by a neighbor at Gray's 155 County Road 171 home in the Rock Hill area. Meeks, who was on probation at the time on the shooting into an occupied dwelling charge, was arrested in Littleville, Alabama, and charged with felony possession of a firearm. He had a .22-caliber firearm which was believed to be the murder weapon.

Archie "Wayne" Williams, 50, was a retired construction worker, and Jeanette Martha Gray, 56, was a retired factory worker.