GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A Gulfport man caught on video selling prescription pain pills will spend the next 16 years in prison, with no chance at parole.
It took a jury less than an hour to convict John Henry Magee, 52, of Transfer of a Controlled Substance.
During the two-day trial this week, detectives with the Gulfport Police Department's Narcotics Unit testified they received information that Magee was selling prescription pain pills in the Orange Grove community, and were able to video tape him selling the pills on multiple occasions. Days later, Magee was arrested with more than $21,000 in cash inside of the trunk of his car, along with other illegal narcotics.
Assistant District Attorney Christopher Carter, who prosecuted the case along with Chief Assistant Crosby Parker, told the jury in closing arguments that the defendant "opted to make a quick buck, while disregarding the dangerous drugs that he was introducing to the people of Gulfport."
At the time of his arrest, the defendant was on parole for a previous drug-related conviction. Including Wednesday's conviction, Magee now has four felony convictions all stemming from drug-related crimes.
Prior to sentencing, Judge Schmidt pointed out to the defendant that "each time the law has given you another opportunity to do right, you have chosen not to."
Because he was prosecuted as a habitual offender, under Mississippi law, he will be required to serve his sentence without the possibility of early release or parole.