Silver Creek man convicted in shooting of his girlfriend

Published 12:00 pm Friday, February 9, 2024

A 55-year-old man from Silver Creek has been convicted of aggravated assault domestic violence with a deadly weapon.

On Feb. 7, James Stanley Roberts was convicted in Lawrence County Circuit Court before Judge Prentis Harrell. Roberts was charged with shooting his girlfriend in the back from less than 20 feet away following a domestic dispute, using a .30-.30 Marlin lever action rifle. Though the victim was not killed, she was paralyzed as a result.

Roberts faces up to 25 years in prison in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections. The charge traditionally carries 20 years, but the additional liability comes from using a firearm in the commission of the felony assault.

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Roberts is scheduled to be sentenced by Harrell on Feb. 16 in Jefferson Davis County. The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Carpenter Marsalis and Reginald “Chip” Lewis.

“Domestic violence cases are particularly hard to prosecute due to the nature of the relationships between the parties,” said District Attorney Hal Kittrell. “The citizens of this state and Lawrence County made clear that they will not tolerate shooting an innocent person in the back for no other reason than anger. This conviction delivers justice to the community and the victim’s family for the lasting damage that Roberts has caused. We appreciate the work of the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office on this case.”