A man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend’s new boyfriend was sentenced to 33 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to second-degree murder Friday in Pike County Circuit Court.
Michael Bloomer, 33, of 903 Third St., McComb, was accused of shooting Prentiss Pounds to death on Dec. 31, 2017, during a burglary of the dwelling of Ella Ellzey.
Bloomer was originally indicted on charges of capital murder. That charge was reduced to second-degree murder Friday afternoon after Bloomer pleaded guilty.
He entered the plea Friday before Judge Mike Taylor, who said second-degree murder carries a minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum of 40 years with a maximum fine of $10,000.
According to Assistant District Attorney Rodney Tidwell, Bloomer made numerous admissions to the shooting of Pounds.
The District Attorney’s office recommended a sentence of 40 years, seven suspended, but defense attorney Bill Goodwin asked that sentencing be postponed until Monday so Bloomer’s family could be present.
The DA also recommended remanding an aggravated assault charge to the file. According to court records, Bloomer is accused in that case of shooting Eric Carroll in the leg on March 15, 2015.
Judge Taylor sentenced Bloomer on Monday to the recommended 40 years, seven suspended, with five years of post-release supervision in addition to $5,000 in restitution and court fees.
Tidwell said Ellzey, Bloomer’s ex-girlfriend, was at her home with Pounds in the early morning hours of Dec. 31, 2017, when she was awakened by Bloomer at the window.
She called 911 when Bloomer tried to kick in the door. He entered the house at 1016 D.L. Jefferson Lane, Magnolia, and killed Pounds with a .22-caliber rifle.
Pike County sheriff’s deputy Lamar Cook apprehended Bloomer shortly after the killing after he passed a car matching the description of the gunman’s and turned around and stopped Bloomer.
Authorities said shortly after the killing that Bloomer and Ellzey were together for three years before they broke up. The two had been apart for three months before the shooting occurred.
Deputies responded to the same home two days before Bloomer killed Pounds after Bloomer allegedly broke into Ellzey’s home, poured bleach onto some clothing and smashed a television.
Bloomer had been scheduled to go to trial Tuesday.
Precious Pounds, the sister of the victim, delivered a written statement aloud to the court.
"The loss caused us a lot of emotional distress," she said. "We can't sleep at night."
She went on to argue that the crime was committed in cold blood and not in the heat of passion.
"He was our rock, he was always there for us," she said of her brother. "I don't think that love can make you do something like that. Love doesn't make you take somebody's life.
"I don't have no sympathy at all. You didn't have any for us," she said.
Public defender Nelson S. Estess argued that Bloomer has expressed remorse.
"Bloomer 100 percent regrets what he did that morning," Estess said. "Mr. Bloomer has no previous criminal record and he's always worked."
Estess asked Judge Taylor to consider those aspects in the sentencing of Bloomer.
"I ask that you show as much mercy as you deem appropriate," he said.
Taylor pronounced sentence following the attorney's remarks.
"I apologize," Bloomer said after receiving his sentence. "I ask God to forgive me and I hope that they (the Pounds family) can forgive me too."