Man Convicted of Statutory Rape Received 30 Year Sentence

For Immediate Release
May 8, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Linell Hawkins, Jr., of Canton was sentenced to 30 years for statutory rape. Fifteen years will be suspended. Hawkins will be required to spend day for day in prison for his crime and will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

In February 2007, the Canton Police Department responded to a call regarding a young girl being raped. Upon arriving at the Madison County Medical Center, officers interviewed the victim and a rape kit was performed. A DNA analysis confirmed that Hawkins raped the girl.

Hawkins was watching the victim and another child while the mother was running an errand. During that period of time while he was alone with her, Hawkins raped the young girl. Upon further investigation, it was determined that Hawkins had previously sexually abused the child.

Guest stated, “As parents, the protection of our children must be our top priority. This case clearly illustrates that we can never be too careful of who we surround our children with. This mother entrusted Mr. Hawkins to help watch her children only to find out that the defendant was the very person who took advantage of her daughter.”

Guest concluded, “The District Attorney’s office will continue to successfully prosecute those who harm our children. Putting this defendant in jail is an important step toward preventing additional victims.”

District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.