PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Following a three-day trial for armed carjacking and armed robbery, a Mobile man has been deemed a 'habitual offender', and sentenced to life in prison.
According to officials, 48-year-old Mark Talmadge Agee was arrested for the crimes at a Pascagoula gas station off Ingalls Ave. in September of 2012. Agee reportedly gave police a fake name and lied about why he was in the victim's car.
Agee, who was in an Alabama jail until the spring of 2014, was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole in the Mississippi Department of Corrections by Circuit Court Judge Dale on Feb. 26. for the 2012 incident.
"This defendant has demonstrated a life of committing violent acts. The victim was consistent in telling the details of the incident to law enforcement back in 2012 and to the jury this week in trial," said Assistant District Attorney Bill Barrett. "I am proud of his courage and patience in working with law enforcement and our office to hold this defendant accountable for his actions."
Officials say Agee has two prior violent felony convictions for the same two offenses in Jackson County, Miss. from 1998. Agee also has prior convictions from Mobile County for possession of a forged instrument and receiving stolen property.
"The jury conducted a lengthy and thorough deliberation and I am glad they recognized the evidence that proved the defendant's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt and that defendants will say anything to avoid accountability for their criminal acts," said District Attorney Tony Lawrence. "People who continuously violate our laws should be sentenced as habitual offenders. I hope today's life sentence sends a message that it is not acceptable for the streets of our community to become scenes of violence."