Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Murder
Today a Latin Kings gang member pleaded guilty to the murder of a transgender teen.
Josh Vallum appeared in George County Circuit Court today, entering a guilty plea in the beating death of Mercedes Williamson of Theodore back in 2015.
According to Jackson County District Attorney Tony Lawrence, Vallum stabbed the victim multiple times before delivering the fatal blow with a hammer. Vallum then dropped her body off in a wooded area that belonged to his father.
In a statement, Lawrence says “There is little doubt Mercedes died due to the defendants fear of exposure of his relationship with her and what the gang would do to him because he was a high ranking member in the Latin Kings.”
Judge Robert Krebs sentenced Vallum to life in prison.