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Suspect gets 10 year prison sentence for aiding capital murder suspect

A Jackson County woman will spend 10 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to capital murder. of court fee and waive any late fees accrued. (Photo source: WLOX) A Jackson County woman will spend 10 years in prison. She pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to capital murder. of court fee and waive any late fees accrued. (Photo source: WLOX)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A Jackson County woman will spend the next 10 years of her life in prison. Brittany Bridges learned her fate Tuesday after admitting her attempts to aid a capital murder suspect.

Jackson County prosecutors said they had jail tapes from conversations between Bridges and capital murderer Nicholas Demorst. In those tapes, prosecutors said Bridges helped her boyfriend develop an alibi to cover up a Gautier murder. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced the 23-year-old Bridges to 10 years in prison for accessory after the fact of capital murder.

The murder was in January, 2014. The capital murder trial was 17 months later. Prosecutors proved Demorst lured Hunter Miller to a dark street in Gautier, where he shot and killed the man in the commission of a robbery. A jury convicted the capital murder suspect, and determined he should spend the rest of his life in prison.

In that trial, prosecutors brought up the alibi created between the murderer and Bridges. They played recorded phone calls DeMorst made from jail to his girlfriend. In those calls, you hear two people trying to get an alibi together, talking about how they went to pick up a car.

Two months ago, Bridges entered a Jackson County courtroom and pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to capital murder.

Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade was at the prosecution's table during the trial. She sent this statement about the Bridges sentence. “Had this defendant’s efforts to help Nicholas Demorst cover up a Capital Murder," said Wade, "Hunter Miller’s family would have never seen justice served.  Our society of law and order will not function if people do not communicate truthfully with the police.  I hope that this ten-year sentence demonstrates that we will hold those who attempt to manipulate the justice system accountable for their actions.”

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