Teenage Murderer Receives Life Sentence

For Immediate Release
September 16, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jason Lee Flores received a life sentence for the murder of Filimon Centeno Juarez that occurred in Rankin County on August 20, 2007. Flores also agreed to testify against his co-defendants, Corey Sims and Anthony Perez.

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 Flores and his co-defendants entered the residence and began assaulting the occupants of the residence. They then went from room to room, forcing the victims, at gunpoint into the living room. Once in the living room, one of the co-defendants started beating Arthuro Centeno Juarez with a baseball bat.

Filimon went to Arthuro’s defense and was then shot by Flores. After the shooting, the three defendants left the scene of the crime, but were later apprehended. Flores later admitted to investigators that he was involved in the shooting.

Guest stated, “This was a brutal crime that had a massive impact on an entire community of people. Flores and his codefendants armed themselves, broke into the residence of the victims, and then shot and killed Filimon Centeno Juarez. This series of events not only left one person dead, but another seriously injured. It is the responsibility of my office to make sure that criminals like Flores do not escape the punishment they deserve. Justice has prevailed; Flores will spend the remainder of his life prison.”

Guest added, “This was a senseless crime committed by a teenager who had his entire life in front of him. However, his decision cannot go unpunished.”