Pearl Man Receives 30-year Sentence for Sexual Battery and Gratification of Lust Involving a 4 –Year Old Girl

For Immediate Release
2/27/2013
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jeffrey Mitchum II received a 30-year sentence after a jury found him guilty of sexual battery and gratification of lust involving a four-year-old girl.

Mitchum is required to serve his sentence day-for-day in prison without the possibility of parole or early release. In addition, he is required to register as a sex offender upon his release from custody.

Guest stated, “This is a very disturbing case that involved the abuse of a young child. The jury found that this child had been sexually abused and the evidence clearly showed that the abuse was at the hands of Mitchum. Mitchum deserves the long sentence imposed, and I believe this conviction and sentence will protect other children from future abuse.”

On October 3, 2011, the Pearl Police Department was called to a pediatric emergency room in reference to a four-year-old female who had been complaining of pain and a stomach ache. Upon questioning, the little girl told officials that she had been sexually abused by Mitchum.

The suspect was interviewed by law enforcement but denied any involvement.

A search warrant of the residence was executed, and an officer seized from the house cushions from the couch which showed signs of body fluid. The State Crime Laboratory was able to get a DNA sample from the cushions. The DNA sample was tested against a sample obtained from Mitchum. The testing results produced a distinct genetic profile that determined that Mitchum could not be excluded as a donor to the DNA located on the couch cushion.

Guest stated, “The sexual assault of a child is one of the most heinous crimes known to any community. Mitchum is a disturbed individual who will now serve the next three decades of life in prison.”

Guest concluded, “As a society we can have no tolerance for this type of crime against our children. However, if one does occur, we must make sure that the person who commits the crime is prosecuted and that the perpetrator goes to jail for a long time.”

Defendant:
Name: Jeffrey Odell Mitchum II
Address: 121 Magnolia Way, Pearl
Date of Birth: 3-2-89

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