BY JOSH PRESLEY
Natisha Roby, of Macon, plead guilty to 2nd degree murder for her involvement the October 2012 death of West Point man Marcus L. Payne during the first day of the July Clay County Circuit Court term. Judge Lee Howard sentenced wRoby to 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Howard said that Roby initially entered a plea of not guilty, but while the jury was in recess she changed her plea to guilty. Howard then released the jurors as they were no longer needed for sentencing.
Second-degree murder carries a penalty of no fewer than 20 years or no more than 40, according to Howard. He said he gave Roby 20 years without parole plus a $1,000 fine, which is the lesser amount in the sentencing range, due to her only prior conviction being a shoplifting charge.
Roby, along with her cousins Shunbrica and Latwanna Roby, allegedly stabbed Payne to death. Shunbrica Roby was found guilty of 1st degree murder during the April court term and sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.
â€śWhen two or more people get involved in criminal activity, the act of one becomes the act of all,â€ť Howard told Natisha Roby. â€śYou have become a participant in that manâ€™s death.â€ť
Roby read a statement to members of Payneâ€™s family, who were present at the sentencing, in which she apologized to them and took responsibility for the death of their family member.
â€śEven if I walked out of here today free, Iâ€™d still have to live with this the rest of my life,â€ť Roby said. â€śI just hope you can find it in your hearts to forgive me.â€ť
The trial of Latwanna Roby will come before Howard next, which Clay County Circuit Clerk Bob Harrell said would likely begin today.
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