JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Donna Marie Freeman was "under the spell" of her boyfriend when she shot and killed Charles Ike Mason, Jr. at his home in the Franklin Creek community in 2011. That's what prosecutors said Thursday after Freeman pleaded guilty to Second Degree Murder.
Freeman's then-boyfriend, Jeffrey Grey Allen, is currently serving a life sentence for Mason's murder.
"I believe that Ms. Freeman was under the spell of Jeffrey Allen and was led down a path that ended in the death of Charlie Mason today," District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. "The defendants took advantage of Mr. Mason's generosity to satisfy their own greed. This case is an example of how the mixture of guns and drugs can have a devastating effect on people's lives. I am proud that we were able to use the new Second Degree Murder law, as it helped to resolve this case and hold the defendant accountable with a substantial day for day sentence."
Freeman also pleaded guilty to Burglary of a Dwelling. The 36-year-old was sentenced to serve a total of 34 years in prison, followed by 18 years on Post Release Supervision. She'll also have to pay court costs and fines.
Several members of the Mason family were in court for the hearing.
"We, the children of Charles Ike Mason, Jr., have lived and continue to live with this tragic memory," the family said in a joint statement that was read to the court. "We will always live our lives never understanding that his life was taken by the defendant, Donna Freeman, a person that he constantly gave so much to. One thing about our father was that he helped everybody. Today, we will still walk out of here without a father, all simply for him giving to and helping others."
Charles Mason had 14 children and 24 grandchildren. He owned Mason's Junkyard in East Jackson County.