Ex-warden pleads guilty in wife’s death

PASCAGOULA — Former Jackson County jail warden Randy McClendon has pleaded guilty to the Oct. 12, 2006, shooting death of his wife, Angelia McClendon, 41.

The 55-year-old Gautier resident was first charged with murder but pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of manslaughter before Harrison County Circuit Judge Roger Clark, who was appointed to preside over the case.

In exchange for the plea, Special Prosecutor Lee Young recommended that McClendon serve 20 years in prison and pay a $5,000 fine.

McClendon is scheduled to return to court for sentencing on Oct. 21.

Clark has allowed McClendon to remain free on a $100,000 bond.

Neither McClendon nor relatives of the deceased could be reached for comment Wednesday.

McClendon was 53 when he shot and killed his wife, a longtime Jackson County court reporter, at their home on Cockleshell Road.

According to court records, McClendon said he shot his wife once.

After the shooting, those who knew the couple were shocked, saying the couple appeared to be happy.

McClendon’s attorney, Calvin Taylor, has said that his client had to call police in the past because of domestic problems.

Taylor at the time even suggested that McClendon had been the victim of spousal abuse, something the victim’s family has denied.

The shooting occurred after McClendon retired as warden in June 2006.

McClendon said he was retiring so he could spend more time with his wife and their dog, Donnie.

Since his release on bond, McClendon has been allowed to go to Arkansas to stay with family until his court appearances.

One Response

  1. In a nation wherein “In GOD We Trust” has become a mere creed on the money upon which it is printed, corruption and wickedness exist on both sides of the badge and the bars. Yet, are they bad men just because they made some bad choices? Do not all of us have A’s and F’s on our moral report cards? As I so stated on my blog, http://www.victoryNchrist.net we can’t fix it IF we can’t face it. I dare anyone who wants to fix their F’s to read that textbook in sex education and then to trust in GOD…and that’s my final answer!

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