Ruffin Pleads Guilty to Charges

A man who had minor injuries from a gunshot after fleeing deputies earlier this year has pleaded guilty to the most serious charges against him.

Darrell Ruffin entered a guilty plea Monday to two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers.

The charges stemmed from a Lauderdale County Sheriff's Department investigation of a suspicious vehicle May 4. Officials say Ruffin and another man led deputies on a high-speed chase.

"I thought it was a fair disposition of the case, considering the lesser offenses that the jury probably would have had to consider," said Dan Angero, assistant district attorney. "We felt like that was probably the best thing to do for everybody involved."

Ruffin was sentenced to 30 years, with 20 years suspended. He'll have to serve 10 years behind bars on the charges, as well as 5 years supervised probation after his release.

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