Dewayne RichardsonBreaking News, Mississippi Delta DA 4th District

Greenville, MS— District Attorney W. Dewayne Richardson announced today that Henry Ransom pled guilty Monday, April 19th, in Washington County Circuit Court to the charge of Sexual Battery.

With the case set for trial this week before Circuit Judge Richard Smith, Ransom chose instead to plead guilty to the charge brought against him.  Ransom was sentenced to 18 years with the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 13 of those years to be served day-for-day behind bars and the remainder of the time on post-release supervision.  Ransom’s plea requires that he be registered as a convicted sex offender for the remainder of his life.

The charges against Ransom stem from a 2019 incident where he engaged in sexual penetration with a Greenville woman without her consent.

The case against Ransom was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney M. Austin Frye, who expressed his appreciation for the Greenville Police Department’s diligent and thorough investigation of the case.  Frye stated: “GPD approached this sexual assault case with urgency and professionalism- securing statements from the victim, along with DNA evidence, which ultimately led to a successful prosecution, conviction and justice for the victim . . . in doing so, GPD and the District Attorney’s Office continue in their mission to have all sexual assault victims to come forward and report the crimes committed against them- we are here to listen, we are here to serve, and we are here to secure justice for those who have suffered at the hands of criminals.”