On Tuesday, Cedrick L. Hubbard, Jr., the suspect in the murder of his wife, Oceanna Lee-Hubbard, entered a plea of guilty for the lesser charge of second-degree murder.
“He did enter a plea today for second-degree murder,” said District Attorney Ricky Smith.
Hubbard received the maximum penalty on that charge of 40 years and will serve each one with the Department of Corrections.
“There’s no parole for murder so he will not be eligible for any type of early releasement,” Smith added.
Smith offered the plea arrangement was accepted by the family to spare them from having to view the disturbing videos and relive the trauma.
At around 7 a.m. on Nov. 20, 2021, Vicksburg police and first responders arrived at the scene of a deadly shooting at Riverwalk Casino Hotel. A woman, later identified as Oceanna Lee-Hubbard, was shot dead inside the hotel casino’s parking garage.
The suspect, her husband, Cedrick Hubbard, allegedly waited at the casino for his wife to get off from her work shift. From there, the two were said to have been involved in a domestic dispute which led to Hubbard shooting her in the back five times as she entered the elevator.
Hubbard was apprehended in Clinton, Mississippi that day without incident and charged with first-degree murder.
He first appeared in court on Nov. 22 and was denied bond by Judge Marcie Southerland.
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