LOWNDES COUNTY, Miss. (WCBI) – A Lowndes County man is sentenced to life behind bars without the chance of parole.
He plead guilty to capital murder for the death of a four-year old child.
“Why did you hurt that baby? There was family all around that could have kept that baby too. You did not have to hurt him,” says the child’s aunt.
30-year old Patrick Chambers shot and killed four-year old Brayden Barksdale back in January of 2015.
Brayden was the son of Amy Richardson, Chambers’s girlfriend at the time.
Chambers was watching him while she was at work.
That’s when he killed the boy with a hunting rifle.
“What did he do wrong? Why were you so angry to pick up a loaded gun and point it at him as he laid there in bed and you pulled that trigger. Was he scared?” Says the child’s aunt.
Barksdale died from a single gun shot wound to the head.
Chambers reported to a neighbor that Barksdale accidentally shot himself, but investigators proved otherwise and his death was ruled a homicide.
“What did he do to make you pull this trigger? He was just a baby. If you had any good in your heart and conscious at all, just tell us why you did it?” Says the child’s aunt.
It’s a question family members still want answered, but Chambers had nothing to say as the child’s aunts took the stand.
Judge Jim Kitchens sentenced Chambers, as a habitual offender, to life in prison without the chance of parole.
Kitchens read Brayden’s mother’s impact statement to the man who killed her child.
“I never really knew how my life would go without Brayden. Every day is a struggle knowing that I will never see him again.”
There was not a dry eye in the courtroom as Kitchens read the letter.
“He will never get the chance to go to school, have friends, write his name, or live life as the happy kid he was. He brightened the day of anyone he would meet. Emotionally, I have struggled with most of this.”
Judge Jim Kitchens ordered Chambers to immediately be transferred to prison after his sentencing.