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Man Sentenced to 20 years for Manslaughter in Tunica

In a solemn courtroom session on Monday, June 24, 2024, Quinterrance Vardaman, 26, of Tunica, MS, faced sentencing after pleading guilty to manslaughter in connection with the shooting death of Trevon Bell, 18. The incident occurred at Kirby Estates Apartments, shaking the community of Robinsonville, MS.

Vardaman, who appeared somber throughout the proceedings, was sentenced to serve 20 years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections for his role in Bell’s death. The judge’s decision followed a plea deal struck earlier this year, marking a significant chapter in the legal saga surrounding the tragic event.

Furthermore, Vardaman remains in custody pending further legal proceedings related to another grave accusation. Specifically, he has been implicated in the first-degree murder of Jimmy Dotson, 35, also from Tunica, MS, who tragically lost his life on July 3, 2023. However, as of now, formal charges have not been filed against Vardaman in relation to Dotson’s death, with additional arrests made in connection to the ongoing investigation.

The community continues to grapple with the aftermath of these incidents as legal authorities seek justice and closure for all affected parties. Vardaman’s case underscores the profound impact of violent crime on local communities, prompting reflection and calls for greater measures to ensure public safety.

For now, as the legal process unfolds, the community remains vigilant, awaiting further developments in the pursuit of justice for all victims involved.

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