Several Jackson, MS residents are facing serious criminal charges after they allegedly stole water from the City of Jackson. WLBT says Margaret Dixon, 40, was recently charged with grand larceny related to the theft of water “after utilizing an illegal connection for water consumption at her residence.” Some of the other individuals who have also been charged with grand larceny for water theft include Sharon Warden, 52, David Clark, 40, and Octavia Shelby, 45.
Officials Say Stealing Water from the City Has Become a “Widespread Practice”
The individuals named above aren’t the only residents of Jackson who have been accused of stealing water from the City. Back in January, officials announced they had arrested 16 people since they launched their investigation back in May 2019 [Source: Clarion Ledger]. Martina Johnson, 40, was one to be charged with grand larceny in January after she allegedly gained access to a water line illegally at her residence.
What penalties does a grand larceny charge carry in Mississippi?
When a person is accused of “taking and carrying away, feloniously, the personal property of another,” they will be charged with grand larceny if the value of the property is $1,000 or more, but less than $5,000. Miss. Code §97-17-41 (1) states that anyone who is convicted of grand larceny could be faced with a prison sentence of five years or less, a fine of no more than $10,000, or both. Mississippi law also states that “the total value of property taken and carried away by the person from a single victim shall be aggregated in determining the gravity of the offense.”
When the value of the property that was taken is more than $5,000 but less than $25,000, a person shall also be charged with grand larceny, however, the penalties for this crime are much more severe. In a case where stolen property is valued between $5,000-$25,000, an individual could potentially face a 10-year prison sentence, a $10,000 fine, or both. In the event the value of the property stolen surpasses $25,000, an individual is looking at facing a 20-year prison sentence, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Were you or someone you know charged with grand larceny in Jackson, MS?
If you wish to fight your charges or find a way around having to serve jail time for the crimes you committed, it’s time you contact Ballard Law, PLLC, a criminal defense law firm located in Jackson, MS. Anytime a person is charged with a criminal offense, they increase their chances of having their charges reduced or dismissed when they retain an experienced criminal defense attorney in Jackson, MS to represent them.
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