Habitual Offender Receives 20 Year Prison Sentence for Aggravated Domestic Violence

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Marvin Kirk was sentenced to serve 20 years for aggravated domestic violence after being found guilty by a jury. Kirk was sentenced as a habitual offender. He will have to serve his sentence day-for-day without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

On January 26, 2013, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to an emergency call from a victim who said that her husband assaulted her and choked her to the point where she lost consciousness. The victim, along with her two year child, was able to flee to a neighbor’s house and it was there that she called the police.

The victim informed law enforcement that her husband had just left the house and she gave them a description of the vehicle. While deputies were responding to the call they saw the vehicle that Marvin Kirk was driving pass them. He was stopped and arrested.

When deputies arrived on the scene they noticed marks on the victim’s neck, where she had been strangled, a bruise on the left side of her face, a cut on her left hand and a cigarette burn. She told law enforcement that the injuries were all caused by her husband beating her.

An ambulance was called and the victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment.

The defendant was arrested and he gave a verbal and later a written statement to law enforcement. In his statements Kirk admitted to that he and his wife had been fighting but he denied striking her or causing the injury to his wife.

Guest stated, “Domestic violence is one of the darkest crimes that we prosecute. Each year thousands of people suffer in silence, but the victim in the case had the courage to contact law enforcement that ultimately ended this cycle of abuse.”

Guest added, “The jury’s verdict in this case allowed the criminal justice system to remove another habitual offender from our streets. We often forget of the important roles that jury service plays in our justice system. I want to thank each person who took time out of their busy lives and performed a valuable service to their community.”

Guest concluded, “The Madison County Sheriff’s Department did an outstanding job investigating this crime and it is due to their hard work the victim and her child are now safe.”

Kirk has been previously convicted in Yazoo County of Grand Larceny and Burglary of a Dwelling.

Defendants:
Name: Marvin Kirk
Date of Birth: 4/16/78
Address: 208 Waldrop Road, Flora, MS