Former jail warden gets 20 years

PASCAGOULA — Former Jackson County jail Warden Randy McClendon will spend the next 20 years in prison for shooting to death his wife, Angelia McClendon, at the couple’s Gautier home on Oct. 12, 2006.

Special Judge Roger Clark imposed the maximum sentence late this morning after hearing statements from the victim’s family as well as a psychiatrist who said he treated Randy McClendon after the shooting. The judge noted that McClendon never offered an apology when he pleaded guilty a week earlier to a reduced charge of manslaughter.

Instead, McClendon said he was calling his wife’s bluff during a fight at their home on Cockleshell Road in Gautier the night of the killing.

Angelia McClendon’s family asked the judge to impose the maximum sentence despite pleas from the defense for a lighter sentence because of Randy McClendon’s exemplary record in law enforcement in his 30-plus year career.


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