Harrison County man sentenced to 15 Years for aggravated assault and possession of a stolen gun

District Attorney Joel Smith announced today that Robert Foxen, 21, of Harrison County, pled guilty yesterday to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. Judge Lawrence Bourgeois sentenced Foxen to 25 years, with 15 of those years to be served in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

The aggravated assault conviction stemmed from a shooting on February 14, 2017, in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Saucier. According to witnesses, the defendant fired multiple shots at a vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot. “The vehicle was occupied by four people and was struck by three rounds fired by the defendant. One of the rounds struck a backseat passenger in the head. Although the victim has recovered, he still has headaches and lingering pain from his injury,” said ADA Jason Josef, who prosecuted the case.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department was able to identify the defendant as the shooter when one of the occupants in the car was able to recognize an individual who was at the apartment complex with the defendant. The defendant was additionally identified in a lineup by a resident who was outside at the time of the shooting. On February 16, 2017, the Sheriff’s Department learned that the defendant was arrested for the charge in Alabama, and he was extradited back to Harrison County. Two others are charged with Accessory After the Fact to the shooting and are awaiting trial.

The stolen firearm conviction stemmed from a traffic stop in Gulfport on November 8, 2016. The defendant was found in possession of a .45 caliber pistol that was stolen the previous month. He admitted buying the firearm on the black market for a low price and believed it was stolen.

During the plea hearing, the Defendant admitted shooting at the vehicle leaving the apartment complex. He claimed he was upset because one of the occupants of the vehicle had given him a counterfeit one hundred dollar bill. Prior to sentencing, the defendant’s mother spoke and pleaded for leniency for her son. Judge Bourgeois took the opportunity to point out to the defendant how his actions impacted so many people, including his own mother.

“This conviction was the result of a timely and thorough investigation by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and cooperation from the witnesses to the crime. Even though the shooter was initially unknown, with the help of witnesses, the Sheriff’s Department was able to determine his identity within hours and arrest him within days,” stated DA Joel Smith.

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