Father Sentenced for Failing to Pay Nearly $30,000 in Child Support

June 21, 2018

Billy Pickell, of Florence, must repay nearly $30,000 for failing to make child support payments for more than 14 years, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

Pickell, 48, pleaded guilty Thursday morning to one felony count of non-support of a child. Rankin County Circuit Court Judge Steve Ratcliff ordered him to pay $29,669.41 in restitution, in addition to other fees and fines. He was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections with one year to serve and four years suspended on post-release supervision.

“Thank you to Judge Ratcliff for not only making this father pay what he owes his child but also seeing that he has time to think of the failure he’s committed to his child while he spends time behind bars” said General Hood.

This case was prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Kimberly Purdie of the AG’s Child Desertion Unit.

The Office of the Attorney General prosecutes cases regarding unpaid child support when all other avenues are exhausted or the case has been referred by the Department of Human Services. If you have a complaint regarding unpaid child support, please contact the DHS hotline at 877-882-4916.

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