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Captured Lincoln County felon may go back to prison

A convicted felon arrested Tuesday after a weekend shooting could be sent back to prison to finish his 20-year sentence for manslaughter, authorities said.

Andrew Hammond was charged Tuesday night with aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon following a shooting on Wellman Drive shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, Lincoln County Sheriff Steve Rushing said.

The shooting allegedly occurred following a dispute by Hammond and a “friend of a friend” over property, Rushing said. The incident occurred at the home of the mutual friend between Bogue Chitto and East Lincoln, he said.

Hammond, 29, of the 400 block of Harmony Road in Crystal Springs, was taken into custody about 8:30 p.m. during a traffic stop on Bogue Chitto Drive near Hwy. 583. Rushing said the sheriff’s office had been given information about Hammond’s whereabouts.

“We knew the vehicle he was in and watched for it,” he said.

The victim was treated  Saturday at King’s Daughters Medical Center then transferred to University of Mississippi Medical Center for surgery for injuries to his leg.

A Lincoln County jury convicted Hammond of manslaughter in 2011, and he was sentenced to 20 years in prison with 10 years suspended and five years of probation, according to court records.

Prosecutors had originally indicted and charged Hammond with murder for the 2010 shooting death of 45-year-old William “Bubba” Thompson of Bogue Chitto at the residence of Thompson’s daughter, Gena Thompson.

A jury found Hammond guilty of manslaughter at the conclusion of a two-day murder trial.

In addition to the prison sentence, Lincoln County Circuit Judge David Strong ordered Hammond to pay court costs, the Thompson family’s medical and funeral expenses and a $5,000 fine.

In 2013, the state Court of Appeals upheld the manslaughter conviction.

Rushing said Hammond remains in Lincoln County Jail and is not eligible for bond. His 10-year suspension on the original 20-year manslaughter conviction could be revoked.