Frederick Allen, who pled guilty to murdering Joseph Lee Thames Jr. 46, and Nakieta Lashawn McCarty, 29, in July for the December 16, 2021 double murders, was sentenced today at 10:00 a.m by Forrest County Circuit Judge Bob Helfrich. Helfrich gave Allen 60 years day-for-day for the two murders. He will be 80-years-old before being eligible for parole.
The murders occurred on December 16th, 2021 in the vicinity of Sixth Street and Rawls just after 5:00 a.m. HPNM reported live at the scene, which became tense after friends or family of the victims became confrontational.
The murders were the result of a then 19-year-old Allen meeting with a minor child inside his vehicle just before 5:00 a.m. At the time of the murders Thames and McCarty were purportedly looking for the minor, after they discovered that the minor was not in the residence. Allen then purportedly shot both individuals from inside the vehicle after a confrontation ensued. He then fled the scene alone.
Allen was first identified as a suspect when a warrant for his arrest was issued for the double murder charges on December 30th, 2021. Allen was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Task Force on January 6, 2022.
According to the plea, Allen was a convicted felon prior to the murders, and admitted he could be charged with other crimes, and had other charges pending (see plea offer below). The Forrest County DA’s office agreed to dismiss all but the two 2nd Degree Murder charges as part of that plea.Frederick Allen Double Murderer