A felon from Lucedale was found with drugs and a stolen gun, resulting in charges that put him back in prison on probation violations.
Now, Malcolm Korey Williams has been ordered to serve 10 years in prison, day for day, for the firearm and drug charges committed in May 2016, District Attorney Tony Lawrence said.
Judge Dale Harkey sentenced him as a habitual offender on Tuesday. Harkey also fined him $4,000.
Williams, 27, had been convicted of burglarizing a home, taking a vehicle and drug possession in George County before he committed the crimes in 2016, Lawrence said.
He has been serving time in prison on those charges and was brought to George County Circuit Court for sentencing Tuesday on guilty pleas to the latest charges.
The sentencing stems from the arrests of Williams and two other men during an investigation of stolen all-terrain vehicles.
Williams’ charges included grand larceny, possession of meth and firearm violations in a case investigated by George County deputies, with help from the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Williams pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, having an illegal drug while in possession of a firearm and having a stolen firearm.
Judge Harkey imposed a total prison term of 30 years, ordering two prison terms to be served 10 years day for day and one to be served five full years. Harkey ordered each sentence to run concurrently for a total of 10 years without being eligible for early release.
Harkey also ordered him to pay $300 to the State Crime Victims Compensation Fund.
“I hope this 10-year, day-for-day habitual offender sentence sends a message that those who continue to violate the laws of the State of Mississippi will be held accountable for their actions,” Lawrence said.
ADA Bill Barrett prosecuted the case.