Mississippi man gets life without parole for killing man, dumping him in river

Published 8:30 pm Wednesday, September 15, 2021

A Mississippi man has been sentenced to life without parole in the capital murder of another man whose body was found last year floating in the Pascagoula River.

Joseph Paul McLeod, 34, of Pascagoula, pleaded guilty to killing Dustin Suttles, 29, on Tuesday before Circuit Court Judge Dale Harkey, The Sun Herald reported.

He is one of four men charged in the homicide of Suttles, who was from Gautier, whose body was found Sept. 22, 2020. The other three men were initially charged with accessory after the fact to capital murder, but their charges were later upgraded to capital murder.

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The other three suspects are in jail without bond awaiting grand jury action, the sheriff’s office said.