Beatrice, Mississippi

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Beatrice, Mississippi
Aerial view of Beatrice community
Aerial view of Beatrice community
Beatrice, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Beatrice, Mississippi
Beatrice, Mississippi
Beatrice, Mississippi is located in the United States
Beatrice, Mississippi
Beatrice, Mississippi
Coordinates: 30°44′22″N 88°56′49″W / 30.73944°N 88.94694°W / 30.73944; -88.94694Coordinates: 30°44′22″N 88°56′49″W / 30.73944°N 88.94694°W / 30.73944; -88.94694
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyStone
Elevation
164 ft (50 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s)Area code 601
GNIS feature ID692497[1]

Beatrice is an unincorporated community in Stone County, Mississippi, and is located approximately 23 mi (37 km) southeast of Wiggins. Beatrice is part of the Gulfport-Biloxi metropolitan area. The main period of significance was between 1894 and 1915.[2]

Surrounded by the De Soto National Forest, Beatrice has long been a timber and sawmill community. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Beatrice Sawmill served as a distribution center for portable sawmills that were needed to convert storm-ravaged trees into lumber.[3]

Little Creek Baptist Church and headquarters for Red Creek Wildlife Management Area are located in the Beatrice community.

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On the night of January 24, 2015, 57-year-old Timmy Garrison, owner of Beatrice Sawmill was found dead outside his place of business.[4] Subsequent investigation by law enforcement revealed a murder-for-hire involving Evelyn Garrison, wife of the murder victim; Emmett Entriken, her childhood friend; and Entriken's distant cousin, Jody Parks.[5] On March 10, 2017, 23-year-old Jody Parks pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole.[5] On August 21, 2017, 56-year-old Evelyn Garrison accepted a plea of first-degree murder and received a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.[6][7] On September 16, 2017, the third suspect, 67-year-old Emmett Entriken, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ GNIS (Beatrice, Mississippi) Retrieved 2014-01-01
  2. ^ Mississippi History and Genealogy Place Names Retrieved 2014-01-01
  3. ^ Wood-Mizer Mississippi, TimberLine Magazine (September 1, 2006) Retrieved 2014-01-01
  4. ^ O'Hara, Jody (February 11, 2015). "Alleged killer shows no emotion at arraignment". Stone County Enterprise. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  5. ^ a b Baker, Margaret (March 10, 2017). "Man said he had 'good intentions' when he agreed to kill for a price". SunHerald. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  6. ^ Fitzgerald, Robin (August 21, 2017). "'I'd sell my soul to a million devils to bring him back,' says woman who hired hit man". SunHerald. Retrieved 2017-10-08.
  7. ^ O'Hara, Jody (January 3, 2018). "Garrison pleas top 2017 news cycle". Stone County Enterprise. Retrieved 2018-07-24.
  8. ^ SunHerald Staff (September 16, 2017). "Man pleads guilty to hiring hit man in Stone County death". SunHerald. Retrieved 2017-10-08.