Mississippi’s high court upholds sentence in child’s slaying

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi State Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence and verdict of a Gulfport man convicted in the death of a 5-year-old girl.

The Supreme Court affirmed the sentence Thursday against Alberto Garcia, saying “the sentence imposed – death – is proportionate compared to other similar cases.”  

Garcia pleaded guilty to the 2014 death of  Janaya Thompson. Search teams found her body in an abandoned trailer a day after her disappearance and death.

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