BILOXI -- Judge Lisa Dodson has ordered a 23-year-old Biloxi man to serve 20 years in prison, day for day, for sexual battery and an unrelated burglary.
She sentenced Carltavious Causey to a total of 37 years but suspended 17 years, leaving 20 to serve without eligibility for early release.
Dodson sentenced him on guilty pleas in Harrison County Circuit Court on Monday.
The sexual battery involved an assault on a woman who lived in the same apartment complex on McDonnell Avenue, Assistant District Attorney Scott Lusk said.
Causey knocked on the woman's door in the early hours of Dec. 29, 2011, forced his way in, attacked her and forced her to have sex, Lusk said.
Had the case gone to trial, prosecutors would have presented DNA evidence to prove his guilt, Lusk said.
The burglary involved an unlocked truck parked on St. Jude Street on Sept. 18, 2012. Biloxi police found Causey with items stolen from the truck about 30 minutes after the burglary.
The day-for-day sentence was imposed because of the nature of the sex crime, Lusk said.
Dodson ordered Causey to five years of probation after he is out of prison.