Jackson Man To Serve 20 Years For Shooting, Burglary

May 1, 2018

A 36-year-old man was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a shooting and unrelated burglaries, announced Attorney General Jim Hood.

“This is a man who was given a second chance and didn’t do right,” said General Hood. Maurice Humphrey, 36, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from a shooting and unrelated burglaries.

Maurice Humphrey of Jackson was sentenced Monday by Hinds County Circuit Court Jeff Weill to a total of 35 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 20 of those years to serve, on charges of aggravated assault, felon with a firearm, house burglary, and accessory after the fact to house burglary. He is also now deemed a habitual offender.

The aggravated assault and felon with a firearm sentences are related to a June 2015 indictment in which Humphrey was charged in the March 2015 shooting of Michael Anthony Bennett Jr. Humphrey shot him in the abdomen, right arm, and right leg. He was not legally allowed to possess the weapon due to convictions of house burglary in 2001 and auto theft in 2002. The aggravated assault sentence carried 20 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 15 years to serve and five years suspended on post-release supervision, with credit for time served. It will run concurrent to the felon with a firearm sentence, which was five years to serve with credit for time served.

Humphrey also pled guilty to one count of house burglary in the November 2015 burglary of Robert Lee Boyd’s Jackson home on Audubon Park Drive. He was indicted in February 2016 and sentenced Monday to five years to serve with credit for time served, which will run consecutive to the aggravated assault, felon with a firearm, and accessory sentences.

Additionally, Humphrey pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact of house burglary for the January 2016 burglary of Elenor Fontaine’s Jackson home on Cabell Lane. He was indicted in May 2016 for assisting in or concealing the felonious crime. Judge Weill sentenced Humphrey to five years to serve with credit for time served, and it will run concurrent with the aggravated assault and felon with a firearm sentences.

“This is a man who was given a second chance and didn’t do right,” said General Hood. “Thank you to Judge Weill for being sure this repeat criminal is behind bars and away from harming others in our community.”

This case was given to the Attorney General’s Office upon recusal of the Hinds County District Attorney. It was investigated by Perry Tate and prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Marvin Sanders, both of the AG’s Public Integrity Division.

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