Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Bruce Donell Shannon pled guilty to four counts of house burglary in Madison County and received a 50-year sentence to serve in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Guest stated, “After four prior convictions Shannon will now be in jail for a very long time. Shannon’s fifty year sentence will hopefully send a message that our citizens will not stand for criminals coming into Madison County and breaking into our homes.”
Guest added, “Breaking into someone’s home is a potentially dangerous crime that no one should have to suffer. The Ridgeland Police Department did an outstanding job of investigating these crimes and apprehending Shannon. Now that Shannon is behind bars, these four families and their neighbors can rest easier knowing that he is no longer walking the streets.”
On January 13, 2014, two homes were burglarized on Shady Glen Road in Ridgeland. In both instances entry to the homes had been gained by damaging the front doors to the residences. On January 24 and again on February 18, 2014, two other Ridgeland residences were burglarized and items were stolen from the homes. The items stolen from the four homes included several televisions, three computers, a video game system, cash, assorted tools and electronic items.
On February 24, Ridgeland Police Department was contacted by law enforcement in Rankin County and informed that there was an individual that attempted to enter a home and who left after being seen by a witness. The witness came forward gave a description of the vehicle and the license plate number of the car that the suspect was driving.
Law enforcement ran the tag information and it came back registered to Toccara Mack. Police were then able to determine that Ms. Mack and Shannon lived together. Investigators used a computerized search for leads on line to run Shannon’s information to determine if he had recently pawned any property. That search showed that Shannon had pawned tools and a tool box taken from one of the burglaries.
A warrant was issued for Shannon’s arrest. Shannon was arrested on March 11 and transported to the Ridgeland Police Department. Shannon was interviewed and he originally denied that he had anything to do with the crimes, but later confessed to being involved in two of the burglaries.
Guest concluded, “As always, I cannot thank law enforcement enough for all that they do. Their hard work made it possible for us to indict, convict and sentence a four time convicted felon in only a seven month period. Now a career criminal is behind bars and he will spend most of the rest of his life in prison.”
Shannon has been previously convicted in Copiah County of House Burglary and Grand Larceny. Shannon has also been previously convicted in Hinds County of Grand Larceny and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.
Name: Bruce Donell Shannon
Date of Birth: April 29, 1978
Address: 814 Lanier Avenue, Jackson, MS