William Cullen King has been sentenced to life in prison for the baseball-bat beating of Quintin Brinkley.
King, 28, of Gulfport pleaded guilty to first-degree murder Friday in Harrison County Circuit Court, District Attorney Joel Smith said, and Judge Larry Bourgeois imposed the penalty.
King admitted he struck Brinkley multiple times with a baseball bat during an argument.
Brinkley, 39, was killed on Feb. 20, 2014, at a residence on Gulf Avenue.
Brinkley was found in the living room of a residence both men were known to visit, prosecutors said. He was lying unconscious on a couch and died at a hospital emergency room.
King was seen walking on Gulf Avenue with a baseball bat.
Prosecutors said a witness and police were prepared to testify King admitted killing Brinkley in a recorded phone call to a friend, and he told another friend he had beaten a man to death.
“What the defendant did to Quintin Brinkley was horrific,” Assistant District Attorney Jason Josef said in a news release. “The attack came as a complete surprise to Brinkley, who was found lying on the couch with one hand under him and the other still in his pocket. This was a completely senseless killing.”
The case was resolved because citizens were willing to come forward, and it helped bring justice to Brinkley’s family, the district attorney said.
The cause of the argument is unclear, ADA Crosby Parker said. “The victim had loaned his truck to the defendant and it may have involved that.”