Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that following a jury trial that Christopher Orlando Hobson was sentenced to life without parole following his convictions for felony evasion, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a stolen firearm.
On February 5, 2013, an officer with the Pearl Police Department was on routine patrol when he observed that the driver a vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle to issue a citation but the driver of the vehicle refused to stop. The vehicle driven by Hobson’s was at first driving at a low rate of speed but as traffic cleared he began to speed up. A high chase ensued.
The chase ended once Hobson turned onto a dead end street. Hobson then bailed out of the vehicle and begun to flee on foot. The police officer gave chase and was able to place Hobson under arrest after a brief struggle. Law enforcement officials saw Hobson throw a gun during the foot pursuit. Officers returned to the area where they had observed the gun being thrown and they recovered a black .380 caliber semi-automatic handgun. After running the serial of the gun it was discovered that the gun had been previously reported as stolen.
Guest stated, “Hobson is a dangerous violent criminal who has previously been convicted of Manslaughter in Hinds County and Sale of a Controlled Substance in United States Federal Court. Hobson knew that he that the stolen gun he possessed would send him back to prison and that is exactly what happened.”
Guest added, “Hopson is a drug dealer who has previously taken the life of another individual. On the night he was arrested he was once again endangering others by the operation of his vehicle and by possessing a firearm. Thankfully this conviction and sentence will put an end to his life of crime and Hobson will no longer be able to harm others.”
Guest concluded, “The Pearl Police Department did an outstanding job. An alert police turned what would be a minor traffic violation into an arrest and ultimately the conviction of a violent habitual offender. His hard work has made our community a little safer for everyone. As always we cannot thank law enforcement enough for all of the hard work they do on our behalf.”
Name: Christopher Orlando Hobson
Date of Birth: 10/10/78
Address: 631 Silver Maple Street, Pearl, MS