CHIPLEY - A Jacksonville man who was charged with and later confessed to the September 2017 murder of Ebro resident 49-year-old Dennis Brown has been found guilty.

On Wednesday afternoon, a Washington County jury found Kendreqco Donnell Singleton, 34, guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting. Washington County Circuit Judge Tim Register followed the verdict with a sentence of life in prison.

"During this investigation, we were focused on first bringing Mr. Brown home to his family, unfortunately, that investigation turned into seeking justice for his murder," WCSO Sheriff Kevin Crews said in a statement. "Dennis Brown has often been described by family as a very loved and fun person who always brought them joy. I can only hope that this life sentence will in some small way bring them peace."

On Sept. 14, 2017, Brown was reported missing, but a few days later his body was found by a Washington County Public Works employee on Crews Lake Road, lying just 15 feet from the roadway. Investigators with Washington County Sheriff's Office stated in a news release during the investigation back in 2017 that Singleton and Brown had been engaged in a verbal altercation that led to Singleton shooting Brown multiple times.