First accessory sentenced for role in murder of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen
Gulfport, Miss. – District Attorney Crosby Parker announced today that Dalentez Latavian Brice, age 22, of Biloxi, was sentenced after pleading guilty on May 19, 2020, to the charge of Hindering Prosecution of the Capital Murder of Biloxi Police Officer Robert McKeithen.
Circuit Court Judge Christopher Schmidt presided over the original guilty plea hearing and sentenced the defendant to the maximum allowable term of fifteen (15) years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with eight (8) of those years suspended, leaving seven (7) years to serve in prison. After serving his prison sentence, Brice will have an additional five (5) years of post-release supervision, and will be required to pay a fine and other court costs.
At the earlier plea hearing, the defendant told the Court that when interviewed by police about the shooting of Officer McKeithen, he lied and intentionally misled the police by denying that he knew Darian Atkinson or his family.
Brice further failed to advise police, when asked, that he was present at Darian Atkinson’s mother’s residence during the early morning hours of May 6, 2019; that Darian arrived at the residence on foot, wearing the same clothes as the suspect in the photos released through the media; that while at the residence, Darian made incriminating statements; and that at the request of his brother, Wanya Atkinson, Darian was provided a change of clothing.
Wanya Atkinson, Davian Atkinson, Joshua Kovach, and Andre Sullivan have also all previously plead guilty as Accessories After the Fact to Capital Murder and are currently set for sentencing in March. Darian Atkinson is scheduled for trial in May of 2021 on the charge of Capital Murder.