Former paramedic will spend 40 years in prison for assaulting patients

A former Mississippi Coast paramedic will serve 40 years day for day without possibility of parole after admitting to sexually assaulting six patients in the back of ambulances.

James Lavelle Walley, 58, was sentenced today in Jackson County, according to our media partner, Sun Herald.

He pleaded guilty in May to three counts of sexual battery and two counts of touching a child for lustful purposes before Jackson County Circuit Judge Robert Krebs.

Some of Walley’s victims were in the courtroom.

The father of four from Greene County read a statement before sentencing, asking his victims for forgiveness and asking the judge for leniency so he could raise his 6-year-old son.

In addition to his day-for-day sentence at Parchman, Walley also was fined $1,000 per charge, ordered to pay lab fees and to pay into the crime victims fund.

Walley has been held at the Jackson County jail since 2019. He committed the crimes between 2016 and 2019.

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