Greenville, MS – District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today that Michael Jackson pled guilty this morning to the charges of Domestic Aggravated Assault and two counts of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Following his plea Circuit Judge Margaret Carey-McCray sentenced him to serve 18 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
A 2014 Washington County Grand Jury returned indictments charging Michael Jackson with assaulting a lady to whom he had a dating relationship with and also possessing a firearm on October 17, 2013. This same grand jury returned a second indictment charging Jackson with being in possession of a firearm on October 21, 2013. Under the laws of the State of Mississippi, Jackson could not legally possess a weapon because he has a previous felony conviction for Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute. Jackson was schedule to stand trial this morning but he opted to admit his guilt and accept his penalty.
Judge McCray sentenced Michael Jackson to the State’s recommendation of 18 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections for the Domestic Aggravated Assault charge and 10 years each for the Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon charges. Jackson remains in the custody of the Washington County Sheriff’s Department to await transportation to the State Penitentiary. In addition to these charges, Michael Jackson is expected to go to trial during the next term of court to face an indictment of one count of First Degree Murder and three counts of Attempted Murder all while in possession of a firearm.
Richardson added that, “the Office of the District Attorney’s appreciates the hard work of our law enforcement officers and we recognize that they work tirelessly everyday to keep our communities safe.”
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105