November 10, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced that following a one-day trial, Robert Hilliard was found guilty of selling $200 worth of crack cocaine and was sentenced to 45 years. Though fifteen years was suspended, Hilliard will be required to serve 85% of his sentence.
Hilliard was arrested for selling drugs in Hinds County in 2003 and later pled guilty to the lesser included charge of possession. He was then arrested in September of 2007 for selling drugs in Rankin County. A Rankin County jury recently found him guilty of dealing drugs.
Guest stated, “Drugs poison our families and communities and we must do everything within our power to stop their distribution. When I took office, I made a promise to work with law enforcement in the war on drugs, and we will not back away from our commitment to ridding our community of illegal drugs”
Guest added, “As a prosecutor, I can trace hundreds of crimes that stemmed from drugs and the drug trade. Hilliard received a 45-year sentence for selling cocaine, and I hope his conviction will send a message to others about how strongly the public feels about selling drugs on our streets.”
On September 24, 2007, the Flowood Police Department conducted a narcotics operation where a confidential informant contacted Hilliard by phone and he committed to selling the informant $200 of crack cocaine. Once Hilliard arrived at the agreed upon location, He sold crack cocaine for $200 and law enforcement officers attempted to arrest Hilliard.
Hilliard attempted to flee the scene and threw the money out of the window of his prior to being placed under arrest. Law enforcement officials were able to capture the pursuit on video which showed the money being discarded and were able to recover the marked buy money.
Robert Hilliard aka Robert Hillard had been previously arrested and later pled guilty to lesser included charge of possession of cocaine in 2003 in Hinds County.