Madison Man Receives a 30-Year Sentence for Manslaughter and for Possessing a Firearm as a Convicted Felon

For Immediate Release
January 17, 2012
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Pedro Scottist Gibson received a 30-year sentence for manslaughter and possessing a firearm by a convicted felon through a plea agreement.

On March 24, 2011, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department was called to Canton Garden Apartments after residents heard gun shots being fired. Jonathan “Pee Wee” Tillis was found dead inside his car at the playground of Canton Garden Apartments. Law Enforcement determined Tillis died after suffering several gunshot wounds.

Guest stated, “Tillis met a group of individuals and they were all participating in a drug transaction. According to witnesses in the vehicle at the time of the shooting, Tillis was attempting to sell narcotics to the group of men when Gibson, who had driven the men to meet Tillis, recognized him as the man whom he and his cousin had previously been involved in several altercations.”

Guest added, “Gibson walked over to the victim’s car and fired at least five shots into the vehicle on the driver’s side. Tillis attempted to drive away after the incident, but crashed into another car and tree before coming to rest at the playground of Canton Garden Apartments. The victim died at the scene of the crime as a result of his injuries.”

Following the shooting, everyone involved fled the scene before Sheriff’s Deputies arrived. Gibson became as suspect after several witnesses placed him at the scene prior to the shooting. Law enforcement soon learned that Gibson had borrowed a handgun of the same caliber used in the death of Tillis approximately a month prior.

Gibson became a person of interest after additional witnesses came forward prior to a warrant was issued for his arrest. Law enforcement determined that Gibson’s girlfriend had taken him to Jackson immediately after the murder. The US Marshall Service was contacted and Gibson was arrested several days later in a hotel in Jackson.

Guest concluded, “Drugs once again were part of a serious crime that should not have occurred. This case is an example of why we must to continue to fight the war on drugs. I cannot say enough good things about the outstanding work law enforcement did in solving this case and bringing Gibson to justice.”

Gibson had previously been convicted in 2004 of aggravated assault.