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Kiln man to serve 25 years for burglary conviction

A Kiln man pleaded guilty Thursday in Hancock County Circuit Court to burglary of a dwelling and will serve 25 years. 33-year-old Antonio Joseph Connetti was sentenced the same day by Judge Christopher Schmidt for the July 7, 2021 burglary…

Disability advocates sue Mississippi over prison conditions

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — An advocacy group for the disabled is suing Mississippi’s Department of Corrections, alleging disabled prisoners are suffering inhumane conditions at the state’s prisons. Disability Rights Mississippi filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday against the department…

Federal court jury convicts two of drug conspiracy

GULFPORT, MS – A jury in federal court convicted two men Tuesday of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine and attempt to possess with intent to distribute cocaine. According to the evidence presented, Antony Daniel Abreu, 33, of…

Moss Point mayor, wife, enter guilty pleas in federal court

Moss Point Mayor Mario King, 33, and his wife, Natasha R. King, 32, of Moss Point, Mississippi, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Sul Ozerden to conspiracy to commit wire fraud relating to the Mayor’s Gala held in 2019,…

Gulfport man to serve 25 years for sexual battery of a child

A Gulfport man will serve 25 years day-for-day without possibility of early release or parole after he was convicted of sexual battery on a 5-year-old child. Circuit Judge Christopher Schmidt sentenced Clyde Fitzgerald Blocton, 35, on Friday. He was convicted…

Diamondhead man sentenced in federal bank fraud case

Louis Joseph Normand, Jr., 60, of Diamondhead, was sentenced Tuesday by Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. to 57 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release, for bank fraud, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special…

147 Vermont inmates in Mississippi prison COVID-19-positive

By LISA RATHKE Associated Press Nearly 150 Vermont inmates housed in a Mississippi prison have tested positive for COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, the head of the Vermont Corrections Department announced Wednesday. Vermont houses 219 inmates at the…

Poplarville man gets life for trafficking meth

A Poplarville man was sentenced to life in prison after his conviction in US District Court on charges of trafficking more than 500 grams of methamphetamine. U.S. Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Brian Travis, 40, on Wednesday. Travis was also ordered…

Governor Reeves Announces His Appointments for MDOC and DPS Commissioners

Today, Governor Tate Reeves announced Burl Cain as his appointment for the permanent Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC) and Judge Sean Tindell for Commissioner of the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (DPS). Governor Reeves made the announcements…

Legal group seeks federal inquiry into Mississippi prisons

By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Prisoner advocates are calling on the federal government to investigate Mississippi’s prison system for possible civil rights violations. They say five deaths in recent days highlights deliberate…

Foretold 'uprising' hits cash-starved Mississippi prisons

By JEFF AMY and EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Prison officials in Mississippi long ago warned that they needed money to hire more guards and pay them better or else the state's prison system could experience…

Man sentenced to seven years for felony DUI

A Gulfport man has been sentenced to several years in prison after pleading guilty to his seventh DUI. John Langston, 50, has been sentenced to seven years to serve without parole for felony driving under the influence on August 16th,…

Witness Protection Bill Signed Into Law

If someone threatened your life if you testified against them in court, would you do it? Prosecutors are hoping a new law signed by Governor Phil Bryant will encourage more witnesses to take the stand. House Bill 13-67 stiffens penalties…

Former State Senator To Plead Guilty

Former State Senator "Irb Benjamin" is expected to become the sixth person to plead guilty in Mississippi's Prison Contract Bribery Scandal. Benjamin has filed notice he plans to plead guilty on October 18. He's accused paying bribes to former Corrections…