Second Defendant in a Trio Responsible for the Death of a Brandon Teenager Receives a 20-year sentence

For Immediate Release
January 7, 2010
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jeffery Donald received a 20-year sentence for conspiring to commit murder. None of his sentence was suspended.

On April 10, 2009, the Brandon Police Department responded to a shooting and found Ricky Harvey, an 18 year old Brandon High School student, lying on the ground beside his bicycle. An ambulance was called and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

During the investigation, law enforcement officials interviewed several individuals and determined that Donald and his co-defendants had been arguing earlier in the day with Harvey. The three defendants left Brandon and went back to Morton and retrieved a firearm. They then drove back to Brandon where they found Harvey on the sidewalk working on his bike. A backseat passenger rolled down the window of the car and shot Harvey, killing him.

Investigators found several .22 caliber casings at the scene and within days had arrested Donald and his co-defendants.

Guest stated, “Although Donald did not pull the trigger, he played a role in the untimely death of a Brandon teenager, and his involvement has resulted in him receiving a prison sentence of twenty years.”

Guest added, “Donald is the second person that has been convicted in the death of Ricky Harvey. The first defendant, Corey Amos, pled guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in September 2009. The final defendant and believed gunman, Martez Harris, is scheduled to go to trial next month.”

Guest concluded, “The Brandon Police Department conducted a very professional and comprehensive investigation. The public should be very proud of the work they do protecting us on a daily basis.”