Sergeant James Amos Meeks

Sergeant James Amos Meeks

Mississippi Department of Corrections, Mississippi

End of Watch Tuesday, September 12, 1972

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James Amos Meeks

Sergeant James Meeks was shot and killed by an inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary.

The inmate had been assigned to a work detail at Sergeant Meeks' home which was located inside the prison complex. When Sergeant Meeks arrived home, at the end of his shift, the inmate attacked him, gained control of his service revolver and shot him. He was apprehended a short time later by a state trooper and a correctional officer.

The inmate, who was serving a life sentence for the murder of a Chinese merchant in 1969, was convicted of first-degree murder and received another life sentence on March 1st, 1973.

Sergeant Meeks was survived by his wife and six children. He was a retired U.S. Marine gunnery sergeant.


  • Age 42
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Officer's handgun
  • Offender Sentenced to life

at home, escape attempt

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My family lived at Parchman in 1972, We lived at Camp 11. My step dad was too a Sergeant at that time. Thank you Sergeant Meeks for your service sir! God does have a Special Place for our Peacemakers! RIP my Brother!

Captain Timmy Townsend
Cleveland, MS Police Dept.

October 18, 2017

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