A Neshoba County man, found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of his cellmate nearly two years ago in the county jail, was sentenced to 40 years in prison Monday.

Circuit Court Judge Chris Collins sentenced Justyn M. Schlegel, 36,  of 11500 Road 571, to the maximum sentence in the death of Rexdale Wayne Henry, 53, of 158 Bogue Chitto Dr., on July 14, 2015.

A Neshoba County Circuit Court jury deliberated for about two hours before finding Schlegel guilty earlier this month.

Collins sentenced Schlegel Monday afternoon in the Newton County Courthouse in Decatur.

Henry’s body was found in his cell in the Neshoba County Jail shortly after 10 a.m. on July 14. He had been seen alive earlier that morning.

The state charged that Schlegel beat Henry to death, while they were the only two inmates in the cell.

The key evidence in the state’s case came from the testimony of Dr. Mark Levaughn, the state's chief medical examiner, who performed an autopsy on Henry’s body.

The defense charged that Henry’s injuries were sustained after he was pushed back into his concrete cell on three different occasions by two jailers and a deputy prior to spending his last hours with Schlegel.

Dr. Levaughn testified that Henry died from multiple blunt force trauma.

He told the jury that he suffered six rib fractures on one side of his body and seven rib fractures on the other.

Two of the ribs were fractured twice.  He also had a lacerated spleen and lacerations of the diaphragm.

Dr. Levaughn testified that  Henry could not have lived more than five hours after suffering those injuries.