Mississippi man gets 40 years in prison for role in killing 6-year-old boy

Published 3:54 pm Monday, December 16, 2019

A judge has sentenced a man convicted of involvement in the 2017 killing of a Mississippi 6-year-old to 40 years in prison.

The Clarion Ledger reports that Dwan Wakefield apologized to the boy’s mother during a sentencing hearing on Monday before Madison County Circuit Judge Steve Ratcliff.

A jury earlier this year found Wakefield guilty of being an accessory after the fact to murder, kidnapping and vehicle theft in the 2017 slaying of Kingston Frazier.

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Prosecutors said a then-17-year-old Wakefield was on the phone with the convicted murderer, Byron McBride, when McBride said a child was in the car he’d stolen from a grocery store parking lot in Jackson.

Wakefield has said he told McBride, who was then 19, to drop the child off at a convenience store or some other public location.

McBride shot Kingston Frazier to death that night.

Wakefield said Monday he should have made a better decision and called authorities.

McBride pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole earlier this year.

A third defendant, D’Allen Washington, pleaded guilty in 2018 to accessory after the fact to kidnapping and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.