A Walthall man was sentenced to life in prison as an habitual offender following his conviction by a Walthall Circuit Court jury on charges of aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Patrick O. Patterson was found guilty of a shooting incident near the intersection of St. Paul Road and Hollis Jones Road on Aug. 28, 2020, in the Oak Grove community.
Patterson, who has four prior felony convictions, was sentenced as an habitual offender of each of the two counts,
” Our department will continue to get violent offenders and illegal guns off the streets making the communities in Walthall County, like Oak Grove and St. Paul, safer places to live and work,” said Sheriff Kyle Breland.
“We appreciate all the hard work of Chief Investigator Justin Dyar and Captain Adrian Fortenberry of the Walthall County Sheriff’s Dept. on the investigation of this senseless act of violence and the coordinated efforts of the Walthall County Sheriff’s Department, Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics, Mississippi Department of Corrections, the District Attorney’s Office, and all other first responders and law enforcement agencies that responded and participated in this case,” said Dist. Atty. Dee Bates.
Judge Michael M. Taylor presided over the case prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Timothy Jones.