Second and Third Co-Defendants Receive Life Sentence for Murder

For Immediate Release
October 21, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Anthony Perez and Corey Sims both received a life sentence for the murder of Filimon Centeno Juarez that occurred in Rankin County on August 20, 2007. Perez and Sims are the final of three co-defendants to receive a life sentence for this murder. Jason Lee Flores was sentenced to life in prison in September.

On that date, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call at 229 Burnett Circle regarding shots being fired. Upon arriving at the scene, deputies found two individuals suffering from gunshot wounds and blood throughout the residence. Filimon Centeno Juarez and Modesto Centeno Juarez were both rushed to the hospital, but Filimon Centeno Juarez later died from his injuries.

The Sheriff’s Department spoke with eyewitness who stated that Perez, Sims and their co-defendant entered the residence and began assaulting the occupants. They then went from room to room, forcing the victims at gunpoint, into the living room. Once in the living room, Perez, Sims and the other co-defendant began beating the victims.

Filimon went to the defense of another victim and was shot by another co-defendant. After the shooting, the three defendants left the scene of the crime, but were later apprehended.

Guest stated, “This is the third and final person to receive a life sentence for this murder. Both Perez and Sims beat the victims. Perez used brass knuckles and Sims used a baseball bat. By having all three of these defendants receiving a life sentence sends a strong message that the District Attorney’s Office will continue working with law enforcement to aggressively prosecute those committing violent crimes. No matter how many defendants are involved in a single crime we must continue to work hard to see that they receive the justice they deserve.”

Guest concluded, “This was a premeditated crime where the defendants armed themselves and went to the home of the victims with the intent to cause serious bodily harm. Perez, Sims and their co-defendant broke into the house that day knowing that the outcome may be the death of one or more of the victims. They planned this brutal series of actions that left one person dead and another one fighting for his life. Because of the outstanding work of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department all three defendants were arrested within hours of the murder and now all three have been convicted and sentenced to life in the state penitentiary.”