The mother of Gregory Lawrence Seago said the death of her son “demolished” her in emotional remarks before a judge handed down the assailant’s sentence Tuesday afternoon in Alcorn County Circuit Court.

In a courtroom filled by two families at the Alcorn County Courthouse, Circuit Judge John White sentenced Jon Chadwick Grimes, 42, of Kossuth, to 20 years with 10 years suspended, leaving 10 years to serve on a charge of manslaughter, with five years of post-release supervision. He was found guilty in a jury trial that ended April 22.

Grimes’ attorney, L.N. Chandler Rogers, asked White to consider a sentence of one year. White said Grimes, a father of three, had an impressive showing of support with 80 letters submitted to the judge on his behalf, and White said he read them all.

Grimes declined the opportunity to make a statement.

Seago, 33, died May 19, 2017, as the result of a fight that happened April 29, 2017, in Kossuth. Seago suffered severe head injuries.

Juanita Seago, the mother of the victim, spoke of the 21 days spent in the hospital at Memphis following the fight, including her son’s 33rd birthday.

“I saw him take his very last breath … That is what real and true nightmares are made of,” she said.

Mrs. Seago said her son had taken on an important leadership role with the family and the death has forever changed her. She said no amount of medication or therapy is going to help.

“I am no longer the person I was, and I will never be that person again,” she said.

Mrs. Seago said the family now has “what is left of me – a person who is very broken.”

She urged the judge to impose the maximum possible sentence.

Greg Seago was a 2002 Kossuth High School graduate and an employee of Arrow Electronics.

Grimes was indicted on a charge of second degree murder, but the jury convicted him of manslaughter, which carries a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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