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Son of man killed by jailers among 4 arrested in Pass parade shooting

Watch: Shooting leaves 2 dead, chaos after Pass Christian parade

Pass Christian Chief of Police Timothy Hendricks gives a statement about what is known as of Sunday evening, Feb. 7, 2016, about a fight following the Pass Christian parade that lead to 2 dead and four taken to the hospital.
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Pass Christian Chief of Police Timothy Hendricks gives a statement about what is known as of Sunday evening, Feb. 7, 2016, about a fight following the Pass Christian parade that lead to 2 dead and four taken to the hospital.

One of four young men arrested after shots were fired into a crowd at a Pass Christian Mardi Gras parade is the son and namesake of Jessie Lee Williams Jr., a man killed at the Harrison County jail 10 years ago.

The 23-year-old, nicknamed DayDay as a youth, was 13 when his father was tortured and beaten to death without provocation by jailers while restrained in the jail booking room March 4, 2006.

Young Jessie Jr., also known as Jessie III, was 15 when former booking Sgt. Ryan Teel was sentenced to life in prison for his father's slaying. By then, nine former jailers had pleaded guilty to related federal charges in a probe of the deprivation of inmates' civil rights under color of law.

Shortly afterward, two wrongful death lawsuits were settled, establishing a nest egg for the Williams children via an estate. It cost Harrison County $3.5 million. A lesser, undisclosed amount was paid by the city of Gulfport, whose police officers had arrested the father on misdemeanors that landed him in jail.

Today, Jessie Jr. faces charges of second-degree murder and aggravated assault from shootings Feb. 7 that killed two men and wounded four others.

But that wasn't the beginning of his brushes with the law.

He was arrested on six felonies in three months in 2011, all in Gulfport -- two drive-by shootings, a murder, aggravated assaults and possession of a stolen firearm.

-- A grand jury declined to indict him in one drive-by shooting. Prosecutors said the shots he fired were at a person who had shot him in the leg.

-- He was on 32nd Avenue near 20th Street when one of his cousins fatally shot Melvin Presley and wounded another man. His cousin was convicted of murder. He pleaded guilty in 2012 to an accessory charge in Presley's murder.

-- He accepted a plea deal for possession of a stolen gun and a drive-by shooting that had occurred on 39th Avenue and Reynosa Drive. He was sentenced to prison for 10 years, with two suspended, and received two years' probation.

"I had taken a personal interest in him since his father's killing, and had hoped he would exercise good judgment," said Michael Crosby, the Williams family's attorney at the time, at Jessie Jr.'s 2012 sentencing. "It seems that seeing the videos of what was done to his father had a profound impact on him and has caused him a lot of pain. But he has accepted responsibility for his behavior and hopes to move forward with his life."

Lately, Crosby has been representing Charles Earl Johnson, a felon wounded in the shooting after the Pass parade, and Johnson's mother, accused of taking her son's bloody clothing from a hospital where Johnson was recovering.

Crosby was not available for comment about Jessie Jr.

Jessie Jr.'s probation was revoked after the Pass parade shooting.

One of his older brothers, Quamaine Rashawn Williams, 24, was arrested on a charge of possession of a stolen firearm during related investigations.

Jessie Jr. and three others, all 23 years old, face charges of second-degree murder in the fatal shootings following the Pass parade of Isaiah "Winky" Lee Major III, 43, of Bay St. Louis, and Carlos "Los" Bates, 29, of Gulfport.

They also face charges of aggravated assault as four other people were wounded.

The others arrested are Jermaine Rashad Ratcliff. Malcolm Joseph Dedeaux and Donald Dedeaux.

Williams, Ratcliff and Dedeaux also face a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon.

So does Johnson.

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