Man with history of hitting girlfriends faces prison time


A Gulfport man has pleaded guilty in two cases of domestic violence involving different victims.

John Robbins IV, 27, is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 5 in by Circuit Court Judge Lisa Dodson. The convictions are felonies because Robbins had previously been convicted twice on misdemeanor domestic-violence charges from incidents in 2013, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Joel Smith.

All four incidents involved different women, Assistant District Attorney Crosby Parker said.

Robbins pleaded guilty Monday to domestic violence in January 2015, when he hit his then-girlfriend in the head and choked her in a house in Pass Christian, the news release says.

In January 2016, two security guards at Island View Casino Resort called Gulfport police after they saw Robbins punch a different girlfriend. Police found the woman with a “large cut” on her lip and a bruised face, the news release says. Surveillance video captured the assault.

The news release concluded: “After hearing the facts of the cases and reviewing the applicable law, Judge Dodson agreed with the prosecution and ruled that both of the defendant’s cases are crimes of violence, meaning the defendant will have to serve a greater portion of his sentence before he becomes eligible for parole.”

Anita Lee: 228-896-2331, @calee99