Jackson Man Receives 45-Year Sentence for Aggravated Assault and Burglary of a Home in Ridgeland
Madison and Rankin Counties’ District Attorney Michael Guest announced today that Jackson resident Dexter Maurice Gilmore received a 45-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated assault and burglary of a home in Ridgeland.
On February 10, 2016, the Ridgeland Police Department was called regarding a victim who came home and was assaulted by an intruder hiding in her home.
The victim advised law enforcement that she arrived home around 6:30 p.m. and went to the bathroom to use the sink. As she was washing her hands, she looked into the mirror to see Gilmore standing behind her holding a rock in his hand. He struck her several times to be point where she lost consciousness. When she awoke, Gilmore dragged her through the house and told her repeatedly that he was going to kill her.
The victim was able to escape to a neighbor’s house where law enforcement was called. The victim told officers that she had a past relationship with Gilmore after meeting him at work. She also advised officers that Gilmore had been stalking her.
The victim’s identification of Gilmore matched fingerprints that were recovered from the scene. Gilmore was arrested and confessed to breaking into the home and assaulting the victim.
Guest stated, “Gilmore is a career criminal with three prior felony convictions from Hinds County including a conviction of aggravated assault. Our message to career criminals is very simple. Do not come to Madison or Rankin counties and commit a crime without the full knowledge that you will be apprehended and prosecuted for your actions.”
Guest continued, “While violent crime is continually on the rise in Jackson, the people of Madison and Rankin counties will not tolerate it. We will be diligent in keeping our citizens, our homes and our property safe from Jackson-based crime. The law-abiding citizens of our counties deserve to live safely in their homes without the fear that criminals, like Gilmore, will break in and assault them. I promise that my office, law enforcement and the courts will work to ensure that our communities remain safe from violent crime.”
Gilmore has a record which contains three felony convictions in Hinds County:
• In 2001, for the possession of cocaine where he received a one year sentence.
• In 2002, for the possession of cocaine where he received an 18-month sentence.
• In 2007, for aggravated assault where he received a ten-year sentence.
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 www.daguest.com, follow us on Facebook and download our app, da guest.