He was sentenced for strangling his girlfriend. Judge says he will never leave prison.

James Devon Brown
James Devon Brown

A man with six felony convictions has been sentenced to life without parole for strangling his girlfriend in Gautier.

Judge Kathy King Jackson sentenced James Devon Brown, 36, as a habitual offender Wednesday after a two-day trial in Jackson County Circuit Court.

The jury found him guilty of aggravated domestic assault.

Two of Brown’s prior convictions were crimes of violence, prosecutors said. The number of his felony convictions qualified him for sentencing under the state’s habitual offender law. Habitual offenders are not eligible for consideration to get out of prison.

The Gautier Police Department began investigating his girlfriend’s complaint of strangulation after it was reported in February 2013.

District Attorney Tony Lawrence, in a news release, said Brown’s prison term “serves as a notice that domestic violence must not and should not be tolerated.

“I am proud that his criminal career is over,” Lawrence said.

Prosecutors said the victim’s courage allowed the state to hold Brown accountable for his actions.

ADAs George Huffman and NeShondria Ellerby prosecuted the case

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews