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Gulfport man gets 20 years for drug-related killing

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Justin Holmes (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.) Justin Holmes (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
After being shot, Oatis was able to drive his vehicle a couple of hundred feet before losing consciousness and crashing into the bridge that crosses Turkey Creek. After being shot, Oatis was able to drive his vehicle a couple of hundred feet before losing consciousness and crashing into the bridge that crosses Turkey Creek.
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

After three days of testimony, it took a Harrison County jury just four hours to find a Gulfport man guilty of manslaughter and attempted aggravated assault in the 2011 shooting death of Kyle Oatis.

Justin Domonique Holmes, 23, was then sentenced to the maximum of 20 years for each count to run concurrently. That means Holmes will serve a total of 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors said the drug-related killing happened in the early afternoon hours of January 29, 2011. They said the victim and another man were standing in the roadway of Ohio Avenue when an armed Holmes came toward them.

Witnesses testified that Holmes opened fire, shooting Oatis in the chest, the back, and the left forearm. As the men were returning to their car, Holmes continued to shoot.

After being shot, Oatis was able to drive his vehicle a couple of hundred feet before losing consciousness and crashing into the bridge that crosses Turkey Creek.

During closing arguments, ADA Crosby Parker stated "the defense was built around this Defendant believing that the witnesses would not have the courage to come in this courtroom and tell the truth. The Defendant was wrong."

"This was a senseless murder of a 25-year-old young man. I am extremely proud of the citizens in the North Gulfport neighborhood who bravely came forward as witnesses to this crime. Unfortunately, we also recognize that there were others who witnessed the crime and chose not to exhibit the same bravery that is so important to maintaining safety and justice in our neighborhoods," said District Attorney Joel Smith.

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