Samuel Ford sentenced to thirty years for Statutory Rape

Greenwood, MS: On August 9, 2018, Senior Circuit Court Judge Ashley Hines sentenced Samuel Ford to a term of thirty (30) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections after Ford pled guilty to the statutory rape. Ford was indicted for statutory rape in the November 2017 grand jury.

After the thirteen (13) year old girl’s mother discovered that she had skipped school to be with Ford, she took her to the Sheriff Department. The Leflore County Sheriff’s Department expeditiously investigated the victim’s allegations and arrested Ford who was later interviewed by investigators. Ford aka “Hot Rod” admitted to having sex with a thirteen (13) year old with whom he admits he was in a dating relationship with.

Statutory rape under the law of the State of Mississippi carries a minimum penalty of twenty (20) years in the Mississippi Department of Corrections and a maximum penalty of life in the Mississippi Department of Corrections. Ford will serve the first fifteen (15) years in prison followed by five (5) years of his sentence on Post Release Supervision. Ten (10) years of his sentence was suspended pending his following the terms and conditions of his Post Release Supervision.

Richardson added that, “The Office of the District Attorney appreciates the hard work of the Leflore County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts in removing this sex offender from the streets of Leflore County.

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

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