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Prosecutor: Gulfport sex offender tried twice to live near school

Jeffrey Lamont Durr, 42, was convicted Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.) Jeffrey Lamont Durr, 42, was convicted Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender. (Photo source: Gulfport Police Dept.)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

Prosecutors say a convicted sex offender tried to bend the rules, and live too close to a Gulfport elementary school. Now, he may be living in a Mississippi prison for the rest of his life.

Jeffrey Lamont Durr, 42, was convicted Thursday for failing to register as a sex offender. Back in 2003, Durr was convicted in Harrison County of Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes. After serving his sentence, Durr was required to register as a sex offender.

According to prosecutors, in 2008 and again in 2012, Durr tried to register an address that was too close to Gaston Point Elementary School. He was told he couldn't live within 1,500 feet of a school, but Durr insisted he should be exempt from that rule because he lived at that address before the restriction went into effect.

But Biloxi Investigator Steve Schlicht testified that the exemption did not apply because Durr had lived at other addresses outside of the school zone prior to the law taking effect. Therefore, Durr was required to follow all of the registration requirements.

Durr faces a potential life sentence because of his status as a habitual offender under the Mississippi "third strike" law for violent recidivists. His criminal history includes convictions for Aggravated Assault and Touching of a Child for Lustful Purposes.

Judge Larry Bourgeois deferred sentencing until June 16.

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