Harrison County man admits to shooting car, victim over a fake $ - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Harrison County man admits to shooting car, victim over a fake $100 bill

Robert Foxen will spend at least 15 years behind bars for shooting at a vehicle and having an illegal pistol. (Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept) Robert Foxen will spend at least 15 years behind bars for shooting at a vehicle and having an illegal pistol. (Source: Harrison Co. Sheriff's Dept)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A Harrison County man will spend at least the next 15 years in prison for multiple charges, including an incident where he shot at a car, hitting one of its passengers in the head. 

Robert Foxen, 21, pled guilty Tuesday to two counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a stolen firearm. The incidents happened on two different occasions, one on Valentine's Day in 2017 and the other in November 2016.

On Feb. 14, 2017, Foxen shot at a vehicle in the parking lot of an apartment complex in Saucier. Witnesses told police that Foxen fired multiple shots as the car was driving away. Four people were inside the vehicle at the time. A man in the backseat of the car was struck in the head by one of the three bullets fired at the car.

"Although the victim has recovered, he still has headaches and lingering pain from his injury," said assistant district attorney Jason Joef, who prosecuted the case.

During his plea hearing, Foxen admitted that he shot at the vehicle, saying he was upset because one of the car's occupants had given him a counterfeit hundred dollar bill. 

Multiple witnesses, including at least one of the people in the car, identified Foxen as the suspect to authorities. Foxen was also recognized in a lineup by a resident of the apartment complex.

“Even though the shooter was initially unknown, with the help of witnesses, the Sheriff’s Department was able to determine his identity within hours and arrest him within days,” stated DA Joel Smith.

A warrant was issued for Foxen's arrest. Two days after the shooting, Foxen was arrested in Alabama. Harrison County Sheriff's Department brought him back to Mississippi to await trial. 

Adding to Foxen's prison sentence was a stolen firearm charge that he also pled guilty to. That charge stemmed from a traffic stop on Nov. 8, 2016, in Gulfport. Police say they found a .45 caliber pistol in Foxen's vehicle. The gun had been reported stolen the month before. Foxen told officers he bought the gun on the black market for a low price and believed it was stolen.

During the plea hearing, Foxen's mother spoke to the court, pleading for leniency for her son. The judge took that opportunity to point how to Foxen how his actions had impacted so many people, including his own mother.

Foxen was sentenced to 25 years, with 15 of those years to be served in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections. Two other suspects were charged with accessory after the fact in the shooting and are currently awaiting trial.

Copyright 2018 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Alberto putting a damper on waterfront businesses along the coast

    Alberto putting a damper on waterfront businesses along the coast

    Saturday, May 26 2018 10:06 AM EDT2018-05-26 14:06:23 GMT

    Memorial Day is typically one of Ship Island Excursions' busiest weekends of the year, but this holiday weekend, business is slow as Alberto approaches the Gulf Coast.

    More >>

    Memorial Day is typically one of Ship Island Excursions' busiest weekends of the year, but this holiday weekend, business is slow as Alberto approaches the Gulf Coast.

    More >>
  • Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

    Tropical Storm Watch & Storm Surge Watch issued for MS Gulf Coast

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:15 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:15:17 GMT

    Alberto is forecast to become a fully tropical storm Saturday and then will move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

    More >>

    Alberto is forecast to become a fully tropical storm Saturday and then will move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend.

    More >>
  • Sheriff: Woman shot in Jackson County

    Sheriff: Woman shot in Jackson County

    Saturday, May 26 2018 9:11 AM EDT2018-05-26 13:11:19 GMT
    A suspect is in custody in connection to a woman being shot in the Big Point community late Friday night.A suspect is in custody in connection to a woman being shot in the Big Point community late Friday night.
    A suspect is in custody in connection to a woman being shot in the Big Point community late Friday night.A suspect is in custody in connection to a woman being shot in the Big Point community late Friday night.

    A shooting late Friday night in Jackson County has left a woman severely injured. 

    More >>

    A shooting late Friday night in Jackson County has left a woman severely injured. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly