Alex Deaton to spend rest of life in prison

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Courtesy:Neshoba County Democrat

Deaton pleads in Neshoba church murder
Friday, November 2, 2018 9:27 AM
Alex Deaton pleaded guilty in Neshoba County Circuit Court this morning to the February 2017 death of a woman cleaning a rural Baptist church.

Deaton pleaded guilty to the Feb. 23, 2017, murder of Brenda Pinter, 69, as she arrived to clean the Dixon Baptist Church that afternoon. Her body was found inside the church.

Deaton, 30,  pleaded with sentencing to include life in prison.

In August, Deaton pleaded guilty in Rankin County to strangling his girlfriend along with a drive-by shooting last year that launched what authorities say was a series of violent crimes in three states separated by nearly 2,000 miles.

Deaton acknowledged that he strangled girlfriend Heather Robinson to death in February 2017, stole her SUV, and then shot and wounded a jogger near Robinson’s home. Rankin County Circuit Judge William Chapman sentenced him to life in prison.

He went on to commit a series of crimes out West until he was apprehended.


Alex Deaton pled guilty to charges in Rankin County in August. Deaton faced charges in Rankin and Neshoba County and in New Mexico and Kansas where he fled after committing his crimes in Mississippi. 

Deaton led authorities on a manhunt across the Southwest. He carjacked a couple in New Mexico and shot one during the course of the crime. From there he drove to Kansas where he held a store clerk at gunpoint and took his car. Sheriff’s deputies pursued Deaton until he eventually crashed and was captured not far from Pratt, Kansas.

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