Those Who Robbed Victim at Gunpoint and Injured Two during Chase Receive Long Sentences for Multiple Crimes

For Immediate Release
March 4, 2009
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Michael Guest at (601) 825-1472

Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced the following sentences today, involving the same victim and criminal incident:

  • William M. Huggins received a 27-year sentence for armed carjacking, armed robbery and felony evasion. The last five years will be suspended and the defendant will be placed on five years of supervised probation.
  • Gregory Hayes received a 22-year sentence for armed carjacking. The last five years will be suspended and the defendant will be placed on five years of supervised probation.

Guest stated, “Huggins and Hayes are both very dangerous individuals who held a handgun and stole a victim’s wallet and truck and then lead police on a high speed chase that created a potential for serious injury or death of innocent people.”

Guest concluded, “Law enforcement officials, representing different offices, worked hand-in-hand to capture these two dangerous criminals. They did an outstanding job, and we have now been able to remove two more criminals from our streets.”

In September 2007, the victim was cleaning his truck when he was approached by Hayes and Huggins, who was armed with a handgun. They demanded his wallet and then took his truck and drove away. The Madison County Sheriff’s Department responded to a 911 call and alerted other law enforcement agencies of the crime and also gave a description of the stolen vehicle.

Law enforcement officers spotted the truck and a high-speed chase ensued for several miles before the vehicle Hayes and Huggins were in hit another car, causing minor injuries to both occupants of the vehicle they struck. The defendants continued on until they struck a utility pole. Law enforcement officials exited their cars and arrested both Hayes and Huggins. They also recovered the 44 caliber handgun that was used in the crime.

The two people who were injured in the crash were treated at the scene by paramedics and taken by ambulance to The University of Mississippi Medical Center.