Habitual Offender Receives 25 Year Sentence for Burglary of 82 Year Old Homeowner

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Wilbert Scott Brown received to a 25-year sentence for burglary of a dwelling.  Brown was convicted and sentenced as a habitual offender and he will be required to serve the entire sentence without the possibility of probation, parole or early release.

On October 29, 2016, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a homeowner, on Forest Point Drive, who reported his wife’s purse had been stolen from their home.  When deputies arrived they spoke to the 82 year old homeowner who stated that Brown came to his home dressed as a woman.  Brown told the homeowner that his mother had previously worked for them and wanted the homeowner to give or let him borrow some money.  The homeowner refused to give Brown any money and asked him to leave his home.  When Brown exited the house he took his wife’s purse.

Law enforcement determined that one of the stolen credit cards had been used at Wal-Mart and Kroger in Richland.  Officers went to the stores and obtained video surveillance of Brown using the stolen credit card.  A warrant was issued for Brown’s arrest and he was arrested November 1.  At the time of his arrest deputies found the key to the victim’s vehicle on Brown’s person.

Investigators learned that Brown was staying at the Regal Inn in Jackson.  A search warrant was obtained for the room and police located the victim’s purse and her insurance card.

Brown was Mirandized and agreed to speak with investigators.  Brown admitted that he had been staying in the room where the stolen purse was located and to being in possession of the stolen keys.  Brown also admitted to being at the victim’s home on the date of the burglary, but denied taking the victim’s purse.

Guest stated, “Brown is a seven time convicted felon that chose to prey on the elderly in our community.  Because of his continued criminal behavior and his unwillingness to follow the rule of law, Brown will now spend the next twenty five years behind bars.”

Guest concluded, “I cannot thank Sheriff Bailey and his deputies enough for all their hard work in building an air tight case against Brown.  Brown has spent his entire life robbing and stealing from others, and the citizens of the entire metro area can sleep better knowing that Brown will no longer be able to continue his life of crime.”

Brown has seven prior felony convictions.  He has previously been convicted of crimes including: armed robbery, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, felony DUI and possession of stolen property.

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.  For more information regarding the District Attorney’s office, please visit www.daguest.com

Defendant:

Name:                Wilbert Scott Brown

Address:            6219 Brooks Circle, Brandon

Date of Birth:   November 20,1972