Greenville, MS— Romeo Hurt of Greenville pled guilty to Aggravated Assault, Possession of a Firearm by Felon, and Possession of Narcotic Contraband in Washington County on Thursday, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
Hurt was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm in August of 2021 following law enforcement response to an incident that occurred in the 1200 block of Highway 1 South in Greenville where officers encountered Hurt sitting in his vehicle in possession of a Firearm. Hurt claimed that he had given a friend a ride and that the person left the gun in the car and even later told the investigator that he had spoken with the unknown individual and they were going to come to the police department to corroborate his story, but no one ever showed. Hurt was charged with Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Later in April of 2022, Hurt was charged with two counts of Aggravated Assault following a shooting that occurred near a local business in the 200 block of Highway 82 where officers arrived and located several shell casings and other evidence of a recent shooting. Investigators were notified and made contact with witnesses to the shooting and observed video surveillance from a nearby location that showed Hurt, along with three other accomplices, shooting at a vehicle passing by and striking other occupied vehicles in the crossfire. While in custody for the assault, he was later caught with drugs in the county jail and charged with Possession of Contraband in a Correctional Facility.
Hurt was subsequently indicted and scheduled to proceed to trial on the charge of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon earlier this week but he opted to plead guilty to all of his pending charges. He was sentenced by Circuit Court Judge Margaret Carey-McCray to The District Attorney’s Office’s recommendation on each charge. For the charge of Possession of a Firearm by Felon, Hurt was sentenced to the maximum ten (10) years to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections; for the charge of Possession of Narcotic Contraband, he was sentenced to the maximum seven (7) years to serve; and for Aggravated Assault, he was sentenced to the maximum penalty of twenty (20) years, with fifteen (15) years to serve, followed by five (5) years of Post-Release Supervision. His sentences were ordered to run concurrent, or at the same time.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Kaylon McCou and John Herzog, Jr. “When a person demonstrates an inability to be a law abiding citizen, swift action must be taken to separate them from those that are. And while it is unfortunate that this individual decided to commit multiple crimes in a relatively short period, it is still our hope that resolving his cases at the same time will provide an opportunity to close this chapter of his life and begin to work toward a better future,” Assistant District Attorney McCou added.
The Office of the District Attorney is thankful for the efforts of the Greenville Police Department and the courage of those citizens who say something when they see something.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105