September 29, 2008
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Tommy Junior McCrory of Pearl was found guilty of two counts of sexual battery involving two minor children. McCrory was convicted by a jury last week in Rankin County.
McCrory is scheduled to be sentenced October 27 by Circuit Court Judge William E. Chapman, III. McCrory faces a minimum sentence of 20 years and a maximum sentence of life in the penitentiary. The sentence imposed in this case will have to be served without the possibility of probation or parole. If the defendant is ever released, he will have to register as a sex offender.
In November 2006, the Pearl Police Department received information that sexual abuse was taking place between McCrory and two children and launched an investigation. The Pearl Police Department later obtained a warrant for McCrory’s arrest. McCrory was recently found guilty, following a three day trial, of two counts of sexual battery by a jury of his peers.
Guest stated, “McCrory’s actions will forever impact these children. This conviction will ensure that the victims will never be harmed by McCrory again. The jury found McCrory guilty, and in making that decision, justice has prevailed.
Guest concluded, “Sending individuals who prey upon our children to jail is important because we, as a community, have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves.”
McCrory was previously convicted of possession of a controlled substance.