A Philadelphia man pleaded guilty in Circuit Court last week to manslaughter in the death of another man found in a ditch in 2016.

Edward Leshun Bragg, 26, of 909 Gum St. pleaded guilty to manslaughter, reduced from murder for the 2016 death of 34-year-old Jamie Jermaine Yarbrough and received a 20-year prison sentence last week.




Yarbrough's body was originally spotted by a passerby in a ditch alongside Road 212 on Oct. 6, 2016. Police believed at the time that Yarbrough was murdered at a Myrtle Street apartment and his body dumped in the ditch at Dixon. A later autopsy showed that Yarbrough died as a result of blunt force trauma to the head.

Bragg was originally charged with murder and burglary and his girlfriend, Sabrina Natasha Brown, 26, of 909 Donald St., and his father, Edward Lee Bragg, 66, of 447 Myrtle St., Apt. 2, were both charged with accessory after the fact of murder.

On the day the body was found, a tip led city and county investigators along with crime scene investigators from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to an apartment on Myrtle Street where video and other evidence were recovered.

“We believe Edward Bragg broke into the apartment on the night of the murder and assaulted Yarbrough,” Philadelphia Police Chief Grant Myers said at the time of the offense. “A short time later, he assaulted him again in the parking lot of the same apartment complex where we believe the victim suffered the fatal injuries.”

Sometime later that night, Bragg and his father and girlfriend moved the body away from the location where the initial crime took place, Myers said.

After being charged and indicted for the murder in January of 2018, Bragg escaped by jumping from a second-story bathroom window in the Neshoba County Courthouse. He was later apprehended hiding out with a convicted felon at a meth house in the Sandtown community and was ordered to be held without bond.