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Violent habitual offender sentenced to life in prison

Source: Hinds County Inmate Website Source: Hinds County Inmate Website
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A Jackson man has been sentenced to serve the rest of his life behind bars.

Hinds County District Attorney Robert Shuler Smith announced that Martez Taylor would spend the rest of his life in prison. In April 2015, Taylor was indicted by the grand jury of Hinds County in connection with a robbery at the Best Value Inn. 

Taylor was previously in prison in 2006 for armed robbery and again in 2013 for house burglary. 

During the jury trial in May, the DA's office presented the jury with evidence that Taylor robbed two individuals at gun point, even pointing the gun at an infant child. Taylor was also in possession of a firearm, which is a violation of Mississippi law. 

“Our habitual offender statute in Mississippi is tantamount to a three strikes you are out law.  It is designed to keep the most violent and repeat offenders off the streets of our city, for life.”  District Attorney Smith said, “The sentence carries a mandatory life sentence with no parole or early release.”

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