February 24, 2023

Rankin County man who fatally shot neighbor in 2020 pleads guilty to tampering with evidence

Therese Apel

A man who says he killed his neighbor in self-defense in 2020 has had his manslaughter charges drop in return for a plea deal.

Video shot by another neighbor at the time showed Chris Miln provoking and attacking Deshawn Douglas, using racial slurs, and at some point the two were wrestling on the ground, and Miln had Douglas in a chokehold. Once Douglas shot Miln, he disposed of the gun.

Miln had allegedly threatened to hit Douglas with a shovel a few months before the killing, which led to Douglas pressing an assault charge against him, according to WLBT’s CJ LeMaster.

LeMaster reports that Rankin County District Attorney Bubba Bramlett offered Douglas a plea deal keeping the charge of tampering with evidence, which he accepted. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, but his attorney says he may be eligible for parole after two years.

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