Lucas Edwards sentenced to 20 mandatory years in Prison
Indianola, MS – In Sunflower County Circuit Court, a jury found Lucas Edwards, 28 yoa, guilty for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon with a firearm enhancement, District Attorney Dewayne Richardson announced today.
During the trial of this case, Assistant District Attorneys Robert Evans and Kaylon McCou presented evidence to the jury to explain how on October 10, 2014, Indianola Police Department officers chased Edwards to a residence at 110 Easy Street. Indianola officers had an outstanding warrant on Edwards for sexually assaulting his then girlfriend. After a standoff, Edwards pulled out a handgun and shot at the Indianola officers. About three hours later Edwards surrendered to Sheriff James Haywood. Once Edwards surrendered to Sheriff Haywood he was charged with multiple felonies. On today, a Sunflower County found him guilty of his actions after a two day trial.
The Sunflower County jury returned their verdict this morning after thirty minutes of deliberations. Lucas Edwards was found guilty of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon with a Firearm Enhancement. He was soon after sentenced to a 10 year sentence for Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon as a Habitual Offender. Edwards was also sentenced to an additional 10 year sentence for the Firearm Enhancement to run consecutive to the Firearm by Felon charge.
Richardson added that Lucas Edwards has at least 5 prior felony convictions in Sunflower County. My staff and I are grateful to the officers of the Indianola Police Department and the Sunflower County Sheriff’s Department for their efforts in removing this Habitual Criminal from the streets of Indianola, MS.
Contact: W. Dewayne Richardson
District Attorney, Fourth Circuit Court District | 662-378-2105
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