Mississippi man paroled on manslaughter charge now accused of robbery

Published 7:49 am Thursday, December 12, 2019

A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2007 home invasion of an 81-year-old Mississippi radio host has been charged with burglary for a crime he’s accused of committing while out on parole.

Zachary Mott is one of three men charged in a Utica house burglary last month in which children returning home from school found their front door kicked in, The Clarion Ledger reported on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old was released on parole April 10 for his 2010 conviction, according to the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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In that case, Mott and his brother kicked in the door of John Friskillo’s mobile home with the plan to rob him, then beat him with a wrench, testimony from the trial about a decade ago revealed.

He and his brother were initially charged with capital murder but took plea deals. Mott received a 25-year sentence with two suspended.

The three suspects in the November home burglary were in the Raymond Detention Center afterward awaiting a court appearance, record show.

It’s unclear when their next appearance may be.