GULFPORT, Mississippi — A 35-year-old man prosecuted as a habitual offender has been ordered to serve 18 years for burglarizing a Gulfport home while the residents slept.
The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1ARSLtt ) Charles Victor Smith Jr., of Gulfport, was set for trial Tuesday but decided to plead guilty instead to a charge of burglary of an occupied dwelling.
Judge Roger Clark sentenced him Monday.
Gulfport police had arrested Smith while investigating a report of a burglary Oct. 30, 2012. The residents reported they woke up and were missing an iPad, cash and a wallet with credit cards.
Smith was convicted of sexual battery on Nov. 9, 1998, and was convicted on three burglaries from 1996 through 1998.
Felons sentenced as a habitual offender are not eligible for early release from prison.
Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com