Man Pleads Guilty to Second-Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault in Jackson, Mississippi

Jackson, Mississippi – In a tragic turn of events, a man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, shooting into an occupied dwelling, and aggravated assault. This comes after a call on July 20, 2020, led Jackson Police officers to discover the lifeless body of 29-year-old Jabari Peterson inside a home on Rosslyn Avenue.

The press release reveals that Shaquille Thompson was responsible for the fatal shooting, which occurred following a verbal altercation that escalated. Thompson fled the scene while continuing to fire the murder weapon, leaving Peterson fatally wounded. Witnesses later positively identified him as the perpetrator.

Hinds County District Attorney Jody E. Owens, II, did not take these crimes lightly. Thompson was swiftly brought to justice and sentenced to 40 years, with 10 suspended, and 30 years to be served in the Mississippi Department of Corrections along with five years of post-release supervision for count 1. Additionally, he received a 10-year sentence, with five years of post-release supervision, for count 2.

However, the violence did not end there. On September 28, 2022, Thompson was involved in another heinous act, this time physically assaulting inmate Rekedrick Adams along with another inmate. This assault included multiple stab wounds and the use of broken glass to injure Adams. Remarkably, Adams was able to identify both perpetrators, leading to further legal action.

As a result of this second incident, Thompson was sentenced to 20 years, with 10 suspended, 10 to be served in the Mississippi Department of Corrections, and five years of post-release supervision. District Attorney Owens underscored that all sentences for the counts would run concurrently, culminating in a total of 30 years with five years of post-release supervision. These events serve as a tragic reminder of the consequences of senseless violence within communities.