Herman Rogers told a judge he was smoking a cigar-sized marijuana joint at Jerry Lee’s grocery in Gautier when he was busted.
“See how smart drugs make you?” Judge Kathy King Jackson said when the man confessed to a related crime Wednesday.
When Gautier police got to the store to arrest Rogers on a possession charge Jan. 20, 2016, they found he was carrying assorted jewelry valued at up to $5,000 that had been stolen the night before from a home in the city.
“I found it on the side of the road,” Rogers said of the jewelry.
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“I bet,” the judge said.
Rogers pleaded guilty Wednesday to a bill of information charging him with possession of stolen property. The judge sentenced him to five years, but gave him credit for time served and ordered him to serve the remainder of his sentence on post-release supervision.
The judge also fined him $1,500 and ordered him to pay restitution.
Prior to being sentenced, Rogers told the judge he was a felon, convicted in Jackson County of possession of crystal meth and possession of the prescription painkiller Lortab.
When he entered the plea Wednesday, even other defendants in the courtroom chuckled at his explanation for his crime.
Gautier police investigated the case.
Assistant District Attorney Justin Lovorn prosecuted the case.