Gulfport Man Arrested on Felony Kidnapping, Simple Assault Charges
A Gulfport man was arrested Thursday and charged with one felony count each of kidnapping and simple assault of a vulnerable person, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.
Michael D. Hillie, 30, was arrested by the Gulfport Police Department on a warrant. He remains in the Harrison County jail without bond because he was out on a bond for a previous charge of felony abuse of a vulnerable person.
If convicted on the felony simple assault of a vulnerable person charge, Hillie faces up to five years in prison. The felony kidnapping charge carries up to a life sentence if set by a jury or a maximum of 30 years if set by a judge. A charge is merely an accusation, and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
The case was investigated by Garland Ward of the AG’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Mark Ward.