Roby sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter

Josh Presley

A Columbus woman pleaded guilty to manslaughter during this week’s Clay County Circuit Court term, and was sentenced to 20 years. Shunbrica Roby, 26, of Columbus, was found guilty of 1st degree murder in 2014, but was granted a retrial by the Mississippi Supreme Court earlier this year.
Roby — along with her cousins, Natisha and Latwanna Roby — was charged in connection with the 2012 death of Marcus L. Payne.
According to the incident report, the three allegedly beat and stabbed Payne following an altercation at the Stop One Deli on the corner of North Division and Bugg streets in West Point.
Payne was taken to North Mississippi Medical Center in West Point, then NMMC in Tupelo, where he died of a stab wound to the chest, according to the incident report.
Shunbrica Roby was sentenced to life in Mississippi Department of Corrections without the possibility of parole by Judge Lee Howard. Her motion for a retrial was denied by Howard in April 2014, with the state Supreme Court later reversing the decision.
After pleading guilty to the lesser crime of manslaughter during this court term, Roby was sentenced to 20 years in MDOC, with three suspended, and three years of post release supervision with a $500 fine.