Repeat Offender's Arrest Concerns Law Enforcement

Meridian police have four in custody for this weekend's robbery and shooting that left one woman in the hospital, but for suspect Marvin horn, it's not his first time to be in trouble with the law. Two years ago, he was brought in for aggravated assault and the drive-by shooting of a woman and her 10 month old child.

The district attorney says unfortunately, thanks to witness discrepancies, they didn't have a strong enough case to go to court back in 2012. The victim originally said she did not know who shot her and her baby, but later changed her story.

"She came back and named two guys that were involved, one of them being Marvin Horn. So she had changed her story by that time," District attorney Bilbo Mitchell says. "So we didn't feel like we had a case good enough to go to court."

But luckily, they were able to get a plea. Horn plead guilty but maintained his innocence. He was given a 15 year sentence with a year to serve and 14 years suspended. Now the district attorney's office has filed a revocation to have him revoked for those 14 years for violating probation.

Sheriff Sollie says repeat offenders are a continuous problem, and it's frustrating when law enforcement feels like they can't keep criminals behind bars.

"Here's his criminal history since 2009," the sheriff says as he holds out two sheets.

But the fear is for the public.

"Because you have individuals that law enforcement went to great extent to develop a prosecution on, and this individual plead guilty and served less than 60 days for shooting a small child," Sheriff Sollie says. "Our system is broke. "

But Det. Dareall Thompson says it does feel good to bring repeat offenders back to prison where they belong.

"Hopefully, if he gets convicted, he'll spend some more time behind bars," he says. "The good we get out of this is bringing justice to the family and the victims that are involved in the crimes that's going on in this community."