April 22, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Tyshuna Cooper Ross received a 55 year sentence yesterday for sexual battery and gratification of lust, 37 years will be suspended. Ross was convicted of these crimes in December 2008. After a two day trial in front of Judge Samac Richardson a Madison County Jury found Ross guilty of sexual battery and gratification of lust. Ross will be required to spend every day of her sentence in prison and have to register as a sex offender upon her release.
Guest stated, “Tyshuna Ross will go to prison for a very long time for entering the bedroom of a minor and engaging in a sexual relationship with the 12 year old.”
Guest added, “As a society, we are hearing more and more about cases where adults are taking advantage of our children, but those who do it should know that we will continue to aggressively prosecute those who would prey upon our children.”
Guest concluded, “I am very proud that the entire judiciary process: the police that investigated the case, the jury that convicted Ross and the judge that sentenced her. “
On July 3, 2007, Ross called boys, ages 12 to 14, and told them she had been locked out of her house and asked them to meet her in her carport. When the boys arrived, Ross offered the boys vodka. They later went into the woods where they continued to drink and then she and the 12-year old victim began to kiss.
The following day, Ross again contacted the victim and later that night snuck into his bedroom, where they engaged in sexual intercourse. The mother of the victim later walked into the child’s bedroom to find Ross in bed with her son.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Ross and she was arrested several days later. She spoke with law enforcement and admitted to providing alcohol to the victim and to sneaking into his room, but she denied that she engaged in any sexual contact with the victim.