A case of first-degree murder came to a resolution with a guilty plea to a lesser charge Wednesday in Henry County Circuit Court.

Jeremy Anderson, 22, of 1108 Dunlap St. in Paris pleaded guilty to an amended charge of manslaughter in what was termed a best interest plea.

Anderson was sentenced to serve 15 years in the Department of Correction.

Had Anderson gone to trial and been found guilty of murder, he would have faced a sentence ranging from the death penalty to life in jail with the possibility of parole.

The charge against Anderson stems from an argument between Anderson and his grandfather, Marlin Wallace, which took place in November 2017 at their home at 1108 Dunlap St.

According to police reports at the time of the shooting, Anderson called police and reported that he had killed his grandfather. Wallace was 49 at the time of his death.

Other defendants pleading guilty (listed with name, last known address, age, charges, and sentences) include:

• Ashley Pinkard, 27, Lincoln St., Paris — two counts of aggravated child endangerment.

Pinkard pleaded guilty to one count of attempted aggravated child endangerment and was sentenced to serve 10 years in the DOC.

Her sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation.

The second charge against Pinkard was dismissed.

Pinkard was given credit for 357 days she has served in jail.

• Jesse O’Daniel, 33, 2409 Lone Oak Road, Paris — aggravated child endangerment.

O’Daniel was sentenced to serve 10 years in the DOC when he pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted aggravated child endangerment.

His sentence will be served split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation. He was given credit for 132 days he has served in jail.

• Jonathon Lynn Blanton, 34, 355 Watson Lane, Paris — theft.

Blanton was sentenced to serve eight years in the DOC. He was ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $7,000.

• Michael Thomas Evans, 43, Camden — possession of methamphetamine with the intent to deliver.

Evans was sentenced to serve six years in the DOC and was fined $2,000.

The sentence will be split with one year in continuous confinement and the balance on supervised probation.

Evans was given credit for 138 days he has already spent in jail.

• Trey Dion Cowans, 24, 480 Replogle Road, Henry — reckless endangerment.

Cowans was sentenced to serve a year in the DOC. His sentence will be served split with six months in continuous confinement and the balance on state probation.

He was given credit for 63 days he has already served in jail.

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