Sentenced to life in prison in Hancock murder

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A man is sentenced to life behind bars for what Judge Lisa Dodson calls a ‘completely senseless act.’

Forty-year-old Christopher May of New Orleans says he was smoking crack and drinking when he gunned down Clifford Burke in his truck in Bay St. Louis on the morning of June 7th, 2017.

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Today, May pled guilty and was sentenced on one count of first-degree murder.

Hancock County sheriff’s deputies responded to a reported shooting on Pleasure Street near Bayou Caddy where they found Burke suffering from gunshot wounds to the neck and abdomen with blunt trauma injuries to his head.

Burke was able to give investigators a description of May, which helped investigators find his car.



May admitted to shooting the victim after being removed from a local casino for intoxication. He then stopped Burke because he wanted to go fishing, but an argument led to the shooting.

Burke died later that day at Memorial Hospital.