Robert Blake Ashmore was convicted this morning of first-degree murder of Mason Howard, 19, with a 12-gauge shotgun on April 9, 2016 and sentenced to life in prison under the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
The verdict came in a jury trial in second circuit judge Al Smith’s courtroom.
Walter Bleck was the prosecuting attorney. Ashmore, who was 20 at the time of the shooting at his home on 922 Cherry St., claimed self-defense and attorney Boty McDonald from Ridgeland represented him.
McDonald did announce his intention of appealing the verdict.
See a complete story in the July 31 issue of the Press Register.