Father Ordered to Pay Back More Than $38,000 in Child Support
Joseph Lane Harrill- a father in DeSoto County- was ordered by a judge Tuesday to pay more than $38,000 for failing to support his child for 12 years, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Harrill, 45, of Olive Branch, pleaded guilty before DeSoto County Circuit Judge Jimmy McClure to one count of non-support of a child. Judge McClure sentenced Harrill to serve five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with five of those years suspended followed by five years on supervised probation. Harrill was also ordered to pay $38,448.36 over the course of his probation in addition to $100 to the Attorney General’s Office and $100 to the Mississippi Crime Victim Compensation Fund.
Harrill was arrested May 16, 2017, while employed by a construction company. Prior to his arrest, Harrill paid child support off and on from 2005-2011. In 2011, payments became more irregular, and eventually ceased until March 2017.
“It’s a shame this man knowingly and willingly abandoned his responsibility to his own child. It took him being arrested and convicted before picking back up his monetary commitment to his child,” said General Hood. “We thank Judge McClure for forcing this parent to take responsibility and hope this serves as a reminder to other deadbeat parents that they, too, will eventually have to pay what they owe.”
This case was investigated by the Attorney General’s Child Desertion Unit and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Kimberly T. Purdie.