Gulfport man sentenced in 2018 Bay St. Louis shooting
A Gulfport man has been sentenced to 40 years with 20 years to serve in prison after pleading guilty to manslaughter and armed robbery.
According to District Attorney Joel Smith, 21-year-old Xavier Lamar Simmons of Gulfport entered the guilty plea for those charges at the Hancock County Courthouse for the June 6th, 2018 shooting of D’Ante Washington at Martin Luther King Park in Bay St. Louis.
At the time of the shooting, witnesses described a gold sedan leaving the area and a t-shirt being thrown out of the window which was forensically tested and matched to Simmons’ DNA.
Investigators were also able to identify the owner of the gold sedan and determined that it was being used by Simmons at the time of the shooting.