GEORGE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - A Jackson County man will spend 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to three counts of sexual battery involving a 16-year-old girl.
Authorities say the incidents between the girl and James Stevens, Jr. happened in George County in April of 2009.
"I hope that this 20 year, day for day, sentence serves as a deterrent to those predators who choose to prey on young children," District Attorney Tony Lawrence stated. "I commend the hard work from law enforcement and the team from my office who worked diligently to ensure that this victim received justice."
Stevens was also ordered to pay a fine of $3000, $250 to the Crime Victims Compensation Fund, and all costs of court. After his release he will be under supervision for 10 years, and must register as a sex offender.