Port Arthur man sentenced to 40 years for murder and assault

Port Arthur man sentenced to 40 years for murder and assault

Damarcus Deshun McGhee, 21, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Jan. 5 by Judge John Stevens.

McGhee pled guilty Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, to the murder of 26 year old James Jones III, which occurred on January 17, 2017.

McGhee was sentenced to an additional 20 years in prison for aggravated assault of Fredrick King arising from the same event.

On Jan. 17, 2017, Beaumont Police officers were dispatched to 6600 Block of Highway 105 in Beaumont in reference to a shooting. They arrived to find Frederick King with a gunshot wound to the face. King was not initially cooperative with officers.

While officers were investigating the shooting of King, they received a call about an unresponsive person in a motor vehicle nearby at 6030 Alpine Circle. James Jones was found slumped over the steering wheel of the motor vehicle. Both Jones and King had bits of potato in their hair. Part of a potato was discovered in the vehicle with Jones. Potatoes are sometimes used as a homemade silencer. Officers determined the shootings were connected.

Officers visited with King at the hospital and he identified McGhee as the person who shot him and Jones. Officers spoke with McGhee, who admitted to shooting both King and Jones.

This case was investigated by the Beaumont Police Department and prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Mike Laird.

Prosecutor Laird said, “Too many young people are dying violent deaths in our community. Law enforcement is doing a great job in solving these crimes. I wish we could convince our youth there is a better way to resolve conflict.”

- Jefferson County District Attorney's Office

See previous coverage here: Man shot in face found at The Anchor Church, dead body discovered at nearby apartments