Thursday, March 24, 2016

Killer gets life in Rankin

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest issued the following press release :

Rankin County Man Sentenced to Life Plus 30 Years for Murder and Assault on a Law Enforcement Officer

Madison and Rankin Counties' District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Robert Michael Busby pled guilty to first degree murder and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and was sentenced to serve life plus 30 years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections.

On October 5, 2015, the Rankin County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting that had occurred at 125 Carol Avenue in Florence.  When the police arrived they secured the residence and located the victim in the dining room.  An examination of the body determined she had been shot once in the head.  

Law enforcement interviewed Busby's wife regarding the murder.  She explained that she was at work when the decedent contacted her letting her know that her husband was passed out on the floor due to alcohol and their children were in the house.  Busby's wife left work and when she arrived at home she saw her husband had awaken and was in the front yard where alcohol was present.

The two started to argue and the eventual victim came outside to separate the two.  Busby's wife told her children to get into her car while she went inside with her husband and the eventual victim.  Busby went into a bedroom and got a shotgun and shot the victim in the head.  His wife ran out of the house and got into her car to leave the scene for the safety of herself and children.  She drove to the Richland Police Department to report what had transpired.  Busby went inside the home where he collected his belongings and an additional gun and he then left the residence.

The Florence Police Department saw Busby's car on Highway 49 and a pursuit ensued.  As Busby was driving, he started shooting at the pursuing officers.  Busby was travelling at a high rate of speed and endangering the public as he attempted to flee from law enforcement.  Busby eventually stopped his vehicle, but would not obey law enforcement commands and reached inside his vehicle for a gun and Busby was then shot by law enforcement.  His wounds were not life threating.  However, he was transported to The University of Mississippi Medical Center for treatment.

While at the hospital, Busby admitted to the crime to law enforcement confirming his wife's statement.

Guest stated, "This is a senseless murder that has resulted in the complete destruction of this family.  The victim was a loving grandmother who was killed in front of her grandchildren for trying to protect her daughter from a drunk and abusive individual.  How do you explain to these children what happened to their grandmother?  It is a conversation that should never have to be held."

Guest added, "Law enforcement did an outstanding job in bringing to justice a dangerous individual.  The cooperation between the Rankin County Sheriff's Department, Florence Police Department and Richland Police Department has allowed us to capture and to remove a killer from our streets before he could harm anyone else.  I cannot thank Sheriff Bailey and law enforcement enough for placing themselves in harm's way to protect us from the Robert Busby's of the world." 
District Attorney Michael Guest was sworn into office in January 2008 and represents the Twentieth Judicial District, Madison and Rankin Counties.  For more information regarding the District Attorney's office, please visit


Name: Robert Michael Busby
Address: 125 Carol Avenue, Richland
Date of Birth: July 7, 1987

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Anonymous said...

See it is not that hard Jackson.

Anonymous said...

You are just wasting your time talking to Jackson. People like that are just given a warning in Jackson or even less if the blame can somehow be shifted to anyone not living in Jackson.

Anonymous said...

White, republican, male, Rankin county resident says:

Law enforcement should have just killed him dead on the spot so we didn't have to waste time, money, and other resources on this thug.

No matter skin color, if LOE's would start "handling" these things like they need to, without having to deal with sorry scum of the earth defense attorneys, this world would be a better place.

Johnny Wier said...

Rankin-Madison District Attorney Michael Guest failed. This individual should have gotten the death penalty. I will gladly administrator the lethal injection without charge to the state.

Anonymous said...

@11:25, No one likes a criminal defense attorney until they need one.

Victor Fleitas said...

@ 11:25 AM:

As one of the "sorry scum of the earth defense attorneys," you reference, I'd like to think the world is a better place for my being in it. At least I hope that's the case. I earnestly try.

Reading your post, I'm hopeful you're making the world a better place through word and deed. I'm also hopeful you or a loved one never need the services of a defense attorney. You see, I'd much prefer for you to persist in your holier-than-thou way of thinking than for misfortune to shatter your smug self-satisfaction.

Aside from being able to turn back time to avoid this horrible situation from the get-go, the criminal justice system functioned as it should. Other than the fact that the prosecution decided not to exact another death from this, what are you so angry about? By "handling" things are you supporting a policy of state sanctioned extra-judicial murder of criminal suspects? Defendants?

Anonymous said...

Probably the reason for the guilty plea. So he could avoid the DP.
But I agree with you.

Anonymous said...

It costs a substantial amount of money to put someone to death in the US. Look it up. I think the last one was in the range of $180,000. doctors, witness, lawyers, insurance, substance that kills the person. I think the Saudi Arabians have it right with the saber skills. 1 guy, sharp sword; 1 whack and we saved 175,000 bucks. I just want to see what a 5,000 saber looks like.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 12:31, totally agree with 11:25.

No... I'm really not sorry.

Anonymous said...

Victor Fleitas sounds like the name of a shoe salesman.

Anonymous said...

Victor, I give you credit for identifying yourself. Where I think you lost me is with this comment: "... than for misfortune to shatter your smug self-satisfaction." Misfortune? You would have us believe "misfortune" explains the predicament of most criminals? Poor choice of words in my opinion.

Motion To Dismiss said...

5:11; He's a defense attorney. It's a fine choice of words. The people he represents don't choose a life of crime in order to avoid working for a living. They are victims of circumstance and their plight is merely 'misfortune'. Don't you see?

Anonymous said...

@1:27 we're not Saudi Arabia and never will be. The only reason we put up with their crap is because of black gold.

Although, if you're just gunning for the experience, I know that they're hiring Americans for work in the oil industry.

Sadly for you, they have a special place for Americans to keep them safe. Otherwise, we might see your entitled ass on live leak.

And for you idiots arguing for all out totalitarianism in America, in my opinion, you're traitors.

Does the phrase "enemies foreign and DOMESTIC" ring a bell with you?

Let that percolate in your " I want to join the dark side" minds.

Anonymous said...

9:52, the domestic enemies have all been elected to some govt. job. They are now our leaders. Maybe we should remove the enemies domestic thing. Either that or elect honest people which is a joke.

Anonymous said...

Death penalty is only available for capital murder. Capital murder is in commission of robbery, rape, burglary, etc.. This guy killed his mother in law because he was mad at his wife.

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