A McComb man who shot and killed his son and wounded his niece while they were in town for a funeral last year was sentenced Monday morning to serve 32 years in prison.
John Edward Young, 47, 329 N. Live Oak, McComb, killed his son Roderick Young and wounded his niece Brianna Harmon, both of Waukegan, Ill., after an argument on March, 27, 2017.
He had pleaded guilty to manslaughter, aggravated assault and possession of weapon by a convicted felon. Circuit Court Judge David Strong sentenced him to 45 years, 13 suspended. Young also was ordered to pay $13,770 in restitution.
Roderick Young and Harmon, were in town for a funeral when the son and father got into an argument at another relative’s house.
Roderick Young went to his father’s former home at 330 S. Fourth St. to collect his belongings when the argument escalated and John Young shot Roderick Young six times.
Harmon was treated and released.
John Young had claimed self-defense, and a detective noted in an earlier court appearance that he “wasn’t on the winning side of the fight.”
John Young had initially been indicted for first-degree murder but prosecutors reduced the charge to manslaughter after taking the fight into consideration.
Young, who as wearing blue prison jumpsuit during his sentencing, said nothing to the court when given the opportunity.
In another case, Bobby Varnado Jr., was sentenced to 20 years, eight suspended, for burning down his ex-girlfriend’s house.
Varnado set fire to the house at 2064 Ed Brumfield Road earlier this year after an argument with Linda Stallings.
Varnado admitted he sent text messages threatening to burn down her house and did so by placing a cigarette inside her mattress.
Strong also ordered him to $62,800 in restitution.
“I apologize, I only did what I did because I was angry, I didn’t mean to hurt no one,” Varnado said when Strong asked him if he wanted to say anything to the court.