Sentencing reset for man convicted in teen's death
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 4:40 AM
JACKSON - (AP) A federal judge has rescheduled the sentencing hearing for a Neshoba County man convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the death of a 13-year-old bicyclist.
Christopher Thompson Jr., of Philadelphia, was convicted in the death that happened in the Bogue Chitto community in 2011.
Prosecutors say Thompson was driving drunk that day, with a blood alcohol level 0.21 percent, more than twice the legal limit.
Thompson faces a maximum penalty of eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
His sentencing had been set for Nov. 19, but is now scheduled for Nov. 25 in U.S. District Court in Jackson.
Thompson was prosecuted in federal court because the incident happened on land belonging to the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. A June 2012 indictment said Thompson was under the influence of alcohol and driving recklessly in a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he allegedly hit Matthew Thomas.
An accident reconstruction report by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, submitted into evidence, said the accident happened on Sonny Jones Road on the Choctaw reservation in Bogue Chitto.
The report said Thomas riding his bike north in the southbound lane. It said Thompson also was traveling north when he crossed over the center line and hit Thomas.