Man sentenced to 38 years for murder of teacher

Man sentenced to 38 years for murder of teacher
John Henry McCray IV, 19 (Source: Jackson Police Department)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - A Hinds County judge sentenced a man to 38 years in prison for a murder from April 2020.

Investigators say John McCray shot and killed Anthony Blackmon on April 23.

Police say the two got into an argument at a car wash in Jackson which led to the gunfire.

Blackmon was a substitute teacher for Jackson Public School District.

McCray, who was 19 years old at the time of his arrest, was indicted on a charge of second-degree murder.

“Mr. McCray’s sentence sends a clear message that senseless loss of life will not be tolerated and those who terrorize our community will pay the ultimate price of their freedom,” District Attorney Jody Owens said.

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