Justices order new sentencing for Parchman inmate from West Point

JACKSON (WCBI) – A West Point man serving a life sentence for kidnapping will get a new sentence.



Aurtravious Gaston robbed the Sprint Mart on Military Road in February 2015.  During that robbery Gaston held two store workers against their will and sexually assaulted them.   He was convicted of kidnapping and other crimes and was ordered to serve life on the kidnapping counts.  The Mississippi Court of Appeals Monday rejected that life sentence because according to state law a jury must make that sentence part of its verdict and that did not happen with Gaston.      A sentencing hearing must now be scheduled for Gaston who could receive a maximum 30 years on each kidnapping conviction.   The ruling does not change his convictions only the kidnapping sentence.

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