Jackson Man Receives 30-Year Sentence for Selling Cocaine, 15-Year Sentence for Simple Robbery and 20-year Sentence for Aggravated Assault

For Immediate Release
May 11, 2009
For more information, please contact
Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Delrico Harris received a 30-year sentence for selling cocaine. Ten years will be suspended. In a separate incident, Harris was sentenced to 15 years for robbery and 20 years for aggravated assault. All sentences, which were reached through a plea agreement, will run concurrently.

On November 13, 2007, the Madison County Sheriff’s Department was contacted by a confidential informant about purchasing $80 of crack cocaine. The confidential informant was met at a predetermined location and was provided the money to purchase crack cocaine from Harris. Harris sold 0.3 grams of crack cocaine to the confidential informant.

Guest stated, “Delrico Harris was a drug dealer who made his living selling drugs in our community. This drug dealer will now spend the next two decades in prison for his crimes.”

Guest added, “We cannot allow drug dealers to sell cocaine in our neighborhoods and ruin the lives of so many people. Our community is safer now that Harris is in prison.”

In a separate incident occurring on June 6, 2008, the Canton Police Department was called regarding a shooting. When officers arrived, they found several people standing under a carport with the victim holding a bloody rag to his head.

During their investigation, the Canton Police Department was able to determine that the group was playing dominos and Harris got mad and left the game. Harris and a friend later returned with a gun. They chased the victim around the house and Harris hit him in the head with the gun, causing it to discharge. Harris then stole $2,000 from the victim.

Guest concluded, “Harris has made a career of stealing and selling drugs. He will no longer have that opportunity in Madison County. Harris is a drug dealer and a thief whose career has now ended.”