Killer sentenced to life without parole

Weldon Leagea (Photo Source: Biloxi PD)
Weldon Leagea (Photo Source: Biloxi PD)
Chana Wells (Photo Source: Biloxi PD)
Chana Wells (Photo Source: Biloxi PD)

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Weldon Leagea of Louisiana was found guilty of Capital Murder on Friday, July 22, 2011, for the October 18, 2007, shooting death of James "Jim" Johnson II of Hot Springs, AR.

The sentencing phase held Saturday. The jury deliberated for just under three hours and could not reach a unanimous verdict imposing the death sentence. So, by law, the judge sentenced Leagea to life without parole.

Johnson was in Biloxi with an Arkansas golf group. Investigators said Leagea attempted to rob Johnson while the AR man was staying at the Isle of Capri.

During the robbery, Johnson was shot twice and died.

Biloxi investigators would not say why the two suspects followed Johnson to his hotel room, and they didn't release how much money they tried to steal.

  • On October 30, 2007, Capital Murder warrants were issued for Weldon Leagea and Chana Wells. The warrants were issued as the result of evidence collected from the hotel, evidence collected from Leagea's vehicle and interviews of suspects and witnesses.
  • On November 5, 2007, Investigators traveled to Louisiana and officially charged both subjects.

Chana Wells pleaded guilty in June of 2010 to armed robbery and was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole.

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