Four teens sentenced in 2020 shooting death of Biloxi teen

Four teenagers charged in the February 24, 2020 murder of 16-year-old Madison Harris were sentenced Tuesday for their roles in her death.

Jasmine Kelley, Jarvis Cook, Willow Blackmon, and Yakeshia Blackmon, all of Biloxi, were involved in Harris’ death. She was killed during the course of a robbery attempt inside Harris’ Rustwood Drive home in Biloxi.

The four previously entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Randi P. Muller.

Three of the four defendants testified at the April trial of Jaquez Porter, who was found guilty of capital murder and sentenced to life in prison.

At the time of the crime, Jarvis Cook was on bond for an unrelated Gulfport case. For his role in this case, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery. He was sentenced to 43 years, 18 suspended, leaving 25 years to serve in prison, followed by five years probation.

Jasmine Kelley pleaded guilty manslaughter. She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Willow Blackmon pleaded guilty to manslaughter and robbery. She was sentenced to 30 years in prison. Willow Blackmon, Kelly and Cook testified against Porter.

Yakeshia Blackmon pleaded guilty 2nd degree murder and robbery. She was sentenced to 40 years in prison, 10 suspended, leaving 30 years to serve, without the possibility of parole.

“As I have stated, this is a tragic case where a 16-year-old lost her life,” said District Attorney Crosby Parker. “The five juveniles responsible for this senseless act have all been held accountable and sentenced between 20 years and life in prison.”

“Whenever a juvenile commits a crime of violence with a deadly weapon, the law treats them as an adult, and they will be punished as such.”

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