Pearl Man Receives 60-Year Sentence for Selling Drugs and Business Burglary

For Immediate Release
June 7, 2011
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jimmy “Big Boy” Mitchell, through a plea agreement, received a sentence of 60 years with the last ten years suspended. He also entered pleas of guilty to two counts of the sale of cocaine and for the burglary of a business.

Guest stated, “Mitchell is a twice convicted criminal who was on probation at the time of these offenses. Mitchell is a nuisance to our society and his days of selling and stealing have now come to an end.”

Guest stated, “Our drug problem is not one we can lose or set aside. As with Mitchell, we see that those who sale drugs often are involved in other crimes. We must continue to work hand-in-hand with our local law enforcement officials and our outstanding judges to protect our homes, businesses and families.”

In October 2009, the Flowood Police Department was working with a confidential informant to purchase cocaine in the Fannin Road area. The Flowood Police Department, outfitted a CI with audio and video equipment to monitor and record an illegal drug transaction. The police also provided the CI with $40 of buy money. The CI went to the Fannin Road area were he/she purchased $40.00 of cocaine from Mitchell.

On October 6, 2009, the Flowood Police Department again met with the same CI and equipped him with audio and video equipment to record the transaction. The CI went back to the Fannin Road area where he again met Mitchell who once again sold him $40.00 of cocaine. Mitchell was not arrested at this time because of an ongoing narcotics investigation.

Before law enforcement concluded their drug investigation, Mitchell was arrested on an unrelated burglary charge. On January 17, 2010, the owner of a Rankin County Auto Parts noticed several hundred pounds of aluminum wheels were missing from his business.

The Flowood Police Department began checking with area recycling centers and determined that Mitchell had brought in more than 200 pounds of wheels to be recycled the day after the burglary. Mitchell, along with three other co-defendants, were later arrested and charged with business burglary.

Guest concluded, “I cannot begin to thank the Flowood Police Department enough for all their efforts. Their hard work has led to the removal of a 5 time convicted felon from our streets for the next 50 years. ”

Mitchell had two prior convictions—possession of cocaine and the sale of marijuana.