Habitual Offender Loses Appeal of Life Sentence

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Jackson, Miss.
The Mississippi Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man sentenced to life without parole for stabbing a woman and beating her with other objects after the knife blade broke.

James Marco Ferguson of Ocean Springs faced a maximum penalty of 20 years for aggravated assault, but was sentenced as a habitual offender in a 2012 trial in Harrison County.

Prosecutors say Ferguson had eight felony convictions, including manslaughter in 1971, jail escape and kidnapping in 1972, burglary in 1982 and assault in 2005.

The Supreme Court rejected Ferguson's arguments that the evidence didn't show he stabbed the woman because his fingerprints or DNA weren't on the knife.

The Supreme Court says prosecutors had the woman's testimony about the attack.


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