A Jackson County woman is headed to prison for 10 years for trying to help her boyfriend get away with murder.
Judge Robert Krebs sentenced Brittany Bridges, 23, on a charge of accessory to capital murder Wednesday. Bridges tried to cover up Nicholas DeMorst’s whereabouts during the Jan. 14, 2014, murder of Biloxi resident Hunter Miller.
Miller, 26, was a server at a Biloxi restaurant.
Bridges was recorded talking to her boyfriend about a possible alibi while he was in the Jackson County jail awaiting trial.
“This defendant attempted to manipulate the criminal justice system to allow her boyfriend to get away with a capital murder conviction,” District Attorney Tony Lawrence said. “Her efforts to cover up a capital murder threatens the essential fabric of the criminal justice system and I’m glad the court punished her accordingly.”
In addition to the 10-year sentence, Krebs ordered Bridges to serve five years under post-release supervision and fined her $1,500.
Miller died during a drug deal in Gautier after he was shot in the back in his car at Ladnier and University Street. His car crashed into a fence at College Park Elementary School.
“Had this defendant’s efforts to help Nicholas DeMorst cover up a capital murder, Hunter Miller’s family would have never seen justice served,” Assistant District Attorney Cherie Wade said. “Our society of law and order will not function if people do not communicate truthfully with the police. I hope this 10-year sentence demonstrates that we will hold those who attempt to manipulate the justice system accountable for their actions.”