Man Sentenced to Forty Years for Killing Girlfriend

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced today that Errik Nichols, 55, pled guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to serve forty years for the shooting death of his girlfriend.

On January 2, 2020, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department was dispatched to 192 Victoria Lane in Camden. When officers arrived, they found Nichols on scene near a small travel trailer located in a field. Inside the trailer, Betty Allman had been shot in her bed and was deceased. Nichols showed investigators the homemade shotgun that had been fashioned with a pipe and a welded handle.

Nichols was taken into custody at that time. Nichols and Allman had moved to Madison County from Kansas City, Missouri in December 2019. Nichols indicated that the two had gotten into an argument, and, during the argument, he shot Allman. Nichols pled guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced by Judge Dewey Arthur to serve forty years in prison. Those serving second degree murder sentences are not eligible for early release or parole. Nichols had previously been convicted of Aggravated Assault out of Hinds County and Attempted Murder out of Cook County, Illinois.

District Attorney Bramlett stated “Mr. Nichols has an ugly history. He is a violent person. Mr. Nichols is 55 years old and will have to serve every day of the next forty years of his life in prison. Perhaps his days of hurting other people are over. I would like to thank the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for working to solve this case quickly and effectively so that we could get justice for Ms. Allman. Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.”

Defendant:
Name: Errick Nichols
Date of Birth: 12/16/1964
Pled to: Second Degree Murder; 40 years to serve