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Saltillo Man Pleads Guilty To Reduced Charge

Posted by WCBI News Director | July 06, 2012 / 12:50pm | Top Story, Local News
TUPELO, Miss. (AP) - A Saltillo man has pleaded guilty to the 2010 shooting death of Anna Catherine McCoy.
    
Prosecutors said Thomas Ward pleaded guilty Friday in Lee County Circuit Court to culpable negligence manslaughter.
   
Ward had initially been charged with depraved heart murder.
   
Authorities say McCoy, a 20-year-old soccer player at Itawamba Community College, was shot to death at Ward's home on April 15, 2010. Ward's attorney had claimed the shooting was an accident.
   
Circuit Judge James Roberts has not set a sentencing date for Ward.
   
Ward was tried in May, but a jury was unable to reach a verdict.
   
Ward faces a minimum of two years and a maximum of 20 years in prison.
   
Ward was returned Friday to the Lee County jail.
 
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