Deadbeat dad sentenced to 5 years

From Press Reports

A Eupora man has answered in court for his failure to support his child, Attorney General Jim Hood announced Friday.

James Scott Jones, 42, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Friday for felony non-support of a child before Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge James T. Kitchens Jr.

Judge Kitchens sentenced Jones to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with 2½ months of imprisonment, and four years and 10½ months of supervised post- release supervision in MDOC custody. The judge also ordered, and the defendant paid, court costs.

During the five year sentence, Jones is to pay (garnished from employment) an additional $250 a month on top of his regular child support obligation until his arrearage of $25,000 is paid in full.

“This defendant is finally being forced to pay what he owes through imprisonment, probation and garnishment from his employment,” said Hood. “Deadbeat parents can’t hide from their obligations in Mississippi.”

The attorney general’s Child Desertion Unit under the leadership of Director and Special Assistant Attorney General Deshun T. Martin prosecuted this case.