Man who shoots, kills woman at Jackson stoplight gets 40 years

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A judge has sentenced Nicolas Coats, 22, to 40 years in prison, for shooting and killing a 23-year-old woman while robbing her, as she sat in her car at a stoplight in Jackson last year. 

Coats, who pled guilty, is one of three men charged in connection with the Aug. 17, 2017 shooting of Chelsie Kirschten.
Kirschten was murdered at the intersection of North State and Fortification streets. 

After being shot, she tried to drive away from her killer, but died on Fortification Street and crashed near Interstate 55.

Coats pled guilty to second-degree murder before receiving his sentence of 40 years in prison, with 10 years suspended, according to court records.

Lidarious Dixon, 20, and Jushun Paige, 21, are charged with murder and armed robbery, among other charges, in connection with the case. 

Officials say both men are now awaiting trial at the Hinds County Detention Center.

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