Repeat Burglary Defendants sentenced to the Maximum Sentence

Greenville, MS – In Greenville, Maurice Carr and Jeremy Hurt pled guilty and were sentenced in Washington County Circuit Court in separate cases, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.

Maurice Carr, 50 yoa, pled guilty recently in Washington County Circuit Court to one count of Auto Burglary. Carr was sentenced in early January for breaking in a vehicle at the KFC on Highway 82. This crime occurred on June 20, 2016. Maurice Carr has a long criminal history of committing automobile burglaries in Greenville, MS. In 2014, Carr was presecuted and sent to prison for committing 2 automobile burglaries. Maurice Carr was sentenced in 2014 to 7 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the two burglary charges and 4 years for the Possession of Burglary Tools charge. Carr was ordered to serve the first 4 years in prison and then he will be released on probation for the last 3 years of his sentence. After being released from prison on those charges, Carr has continued to terrorize Greenville residents. In this new charge, Carr was sentenced to serve 7 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. 7 years is the maximum sentence allowed for Auto Burglary.

In a separate incident and case, Jeremy Hurt, 34 yoa, pled guilty to breaking into the vehicle of a Greenville home owner on Bayou Road in February of 2015. Hurt was not originally arrested during the investigation of this case but subsequent DNA testing led the Greenville Police Department to the arrest and conviction of Jeremy Hurt. Hurt also has a long criminal history of committing burglaries in Washington County. Hurt was sentenced to a total of 7 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Hurt was ordered to serve the first 5 years in prison and the last 2 years of his sentence will be served on probation.

DA Richardson added that, “the District Attorney’s office continues to fight for the rights of all victims of crime. The District Attorney’s Office commends our police officers and deputies for all of their tireless efforts in combating crime in an attempt to keep Our Communities Safe.”

Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105

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