STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Pass Christian man will spend the next 30 years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to second degree murder charges Thursday.
District Attorney Joel Smith said Orlander Patrick Dedeaux II, 21, pleaded guilty to beating Robert Trosclair, 31, to death in April of last year.
Investigators say Trosclair's bloodied body was found by a passerby near Cunningham Road in Pass Christian on April 7, 2013. Harrison County Sheriff's deputies say Trosclair was suffering from blunt force trauma to the head and body as well as multiple stab wounds.
He was taken to a Gulfport hospital then transferred to USA Medical Center in Mobile, AL. Trosclair died at that hospital two days later.
Smith said eyewitnesses told investigators they had seen Dedeaux and two other men, later identified as brothers Stevie Creon Ambrose and Abdur Rahem Ambrose, beating Trosclair at a residence in the Delisle community.
Investigators say Dedeaux and the Ambrose brothers beat Trosclair before taking him to another location where they beat him again. They then allegedly dumped the unconscious Trosclair near Cunningham Road.
Smith said Dedeaux confessed to the beatings and apologized to Trosclair's family.
"The sentence is consistent with this defendant's role in the death of the victim. The remaining defendants will be scheduled for trial in the coming months, and as part of his sentence, Dedeaux is expected to testify truthfully at those hearings," said Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker.