JACKSON, MS – A Eupora man has answered in court for his failure to support his child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood Friday (1/25).
James Scott Jones, 42, pleaded guilty and was sentenced for Felony Non-Support of a child before Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge James T. Kitchens, Jr.
Judge Kitchens sentenced Jones to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 2 1/2 months of imprisonment, and four years and 10 1/2 months of Supervised Post Release Supervision in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The Judge also ordered, and the defendant paid, court costs.
During the five year sentence, Jones is to pay (garnished from employment) an additional $250 a month on top of his regular child support obligation until his arrearage of $25,000 is paid in full.
“This defendant is finally being forced to pay what he owes through imprisonment, probation, and garnishment from his employment,” said Attorney General Hood. “Deadbeat parents can’t hide from their obligations in Mississippi.”
The Attorney General’s Child Desertion Unit under the leadership of Director and Special Assistant Attorney General Deshun T. Martin prosecuted this case.