Man sentenced in 2016 homicide

John Lee Eanes

The man accused of stabbing a Greenville woman to death was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court.

John Eanes, 77, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 20 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections. He will spend at least 15 of those in prison.

Eanes entered his guilty plea just before the start of his trial in the 2016 murder of Sophia White. After an investigation led police to Eanes, he confessed to the killing and ultimately led police to an area of rural Washington County, where he had dumped White’s body.

John Herzog, a prosecutor in the case, says the crime would not have been solved without White's family members, who never stopped looking for her, and the Greenville Police Department.

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