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Jackson man sentenced in robbery/beating of Vicksburg welder

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A 33-year-old Jackson man is headed to prison to serve a 20 year sentence for manslaughter. 

Jontez Garvis is one of two men charged with robbing and beating a man to death in 2012.

Garvis was in Hinds County Circuit Court Tuesday after striking a plea deal for the crime. 

He expressed remorse for his part and said it was his partner-in-crime, 29-year-old David Thomas, who delivered the fatal beating of Fred Jackson, a Vicksburg welder, who was in Jackson for a job.

Jackson's daughter, Sheila Hedrick, made a tearful plea for Garvis to get the maximum sentence. She's not pleased with the outcome.

"I was, at least, hoping Judge Weill would give him the maximum sentence of 35 years, instead of the 20 years to serve," said Hedrick. "Uh, just because 20 years is just not enough...not enough for taking a life."

"My client's been very remorseful," said Garvis' attorney Ali Shamsiddeen. "He wanted to get his view out there. He has been given that opportunity to do that, so he's satisfied with that and I think that his testimony's going to be valuable."

Surveillance video captured the brutal beating at a Jackson recycling plant. Jackson later died of his injuries.

29-year-old David Thomas is set to be tried May 9. 

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