Jury convicts habitual offender for killing motorist

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District Attorney Joel Smith announced today that Jeremy Fogleman, age 40, from California, was convicted Thursday afternoon in the Harrison County Circuit Court to multiple counts of fleeing from the police causing death and injury.

After two weeks in trial, the jury deliberated approximately two and a half hours before returning its verdicts. Circuit Court Judge Larry Bourgeois sentenced the defendant to 50 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

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The defendant’s convictions stemmed from the defendant fleeing after a Gulfport Police officer attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the defendant’s vehicle shortly after midnight on July 8, 2015.

As the officer initiated his blue lights at the corner of 28th Street and Pass Road, the defendant fled from the officer heading east on Pass Road, reaching speeds over 100 mph. As the defendant’s car approached the intersection of Pass Road and 8th Avenue, the defendant ran the red light and slammed into a 65-year-old motorist heading north of 8th Avenue. Those vehicles then struck another motorist who was stationary in the west-bound lane of Pass Road.

The pursuing Gulfport officer arrived at the scene seconds after the collision and observed the defendant exit the driver’s seat along as a passenger in the vehicle exited the passenger seat. The first motorist struck was taken by ambulance to Memorial Hospital where he suffered multiple life-threatening injuries. He was then airlifted to Mobile where he died from his injuries 9 days later. The second motorist struck suffered multiple injuries to her lower extremities.