A fatal 2017 shooting came to legal resolution on Wednesday with a life sentence for a Corinth man.

After a jury arrived at a guilty verdict on charges of first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, Circuit Judge Kelly Mims sentenced Dominick Lane Thompson, 37, to life in prison along with 10 years for possession of a firearm. Thompson was sentenced as a habitual offender and will not be eligible for release, according to District Attorney John Weddle.

The victim of the crime was Donald Dupree Taylor, who was 35 at the time of his death in August 2017. The shooting happened around midnight on a Saturday night following an altercation between the two men. As Thompson brandished a 9mm pistol, Taylor attempted to hide behind a car before he was shot twice.

Taylor “had a wife and family and didn’t deserve the fate you gave him,” Judge Mims told Thompson. “Today is about justice for Taylor.”

But he also said he hopes Thompson will find peace.

Several family members of Taylor addressed the court. His mother, Pamela Taylor, said the killing of her son was a “cowardly act.” His widow, Brenda Taylor, said she wanted to hate Thompson but has forgiven him.

Because of the need for extra space for social distancing, the trial unfolded this week in an unusual venue — the North Cass Street building most recently occupied by Tad’s Pizza and, in earlier days, Fred’s discount store and Heilig-Meyers furniture.

A number of trials are scheduled in Alcorn County Circuit Court during October and November.

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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