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Wilson v. Puckett

September 10, 1998

ALBERT QUINCY WILSON
v.
STEVE WILSON PUCKETT, RAYMOND ROBERTS, AND BARBARA BAILEY



Sullivan, P.j., McRAE And Smith, JJ.

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Smith, Justice, For The Court

DATE OF JUDGMENT: 06/04/97

TRIAL JUDGE: HON. BETTY W. SANDERS

COURT FROM WHICH APPEALED: SUNFLOWER COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT

JANE L. MAPP DISTRICT ATTORNEY: FRANK CARLTON

NATURE OF THE CASE: CIVIL - POST CONVICTION RELIEF

DISPOSITION AFFIRMED - 9/10/98

¶1. On December 30, 1987, Albert Quincy Wilson, was convicted of armed robbery and sentenced to twenty (20) years in the custody of Mississippi Department of Corrections (MDOC). Ten years of the sentence were mandatory and ten were suspended. On July 8, 1993, while Wilson was still in custody, he was convicted of the crime of possession of altered money orders. He was sentenced to fifteen (15) years with ten (10) years suspended and five (5) years to serve. This sentence was to be served consecutively to his armed robbery sentence.

¶2. Wilson is an inmate, legally incarcerated within the MDOC. On June 17, 1996, he filed a Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in the Circuit Court of Sunflower County, Mississippi. Wilson named as defendants, Steve Puckett, Raymond Roberts, and Barbara Bailey. At the time the petition was filed, Steve Puckett was employed as the Commissioner of the MDOC, and Raymond Roberts was superintendent of the Mississippi State Penitentiary where Wilson was housed. Barbara Bailey is, and was, a records officer for MDOC.

¶3. In his petition, Wilson sought to have his time sheet re-computed in order that he could be given earned time on the mandatory portion of his armed robbery conviction, so that it could be applied to the time he is to serve on his second consecutive sentence. In its Opinion and Final Judgment, the circuit court denied Wilson's petition, stating: Wilson contends that he is entitled to receive earned time while serving the mandatory ten (10) year sentence for armed robbery. At the crux of his contention is the applicability of Miss. Code Ann. Section 47-5-139(1)(e), which provides that an inmate shall not be eligible for an "earned time allowance" if the inmate "has not served the mandatory time required for parole eligibility."

Section 47-5-139(1)(e) became effective May 14, 1992. The sentence to which Wilson seeks to have earned time applied was rendered on July 8, 1993. Therefore, Wilson is not eligible to receive any earned time allowance until he has completed the mandatory portion of his sentence. See Williams v. Puckett, 624 So. 2d 496 (Miss. 1993).

¶4. It is from this decision and judgment that Wilson now appeals, pro se, to this Court, raising the following issue:

WHETHER THE LOWER COURT ERRED IN DISMISSING APPELLANT'S CLAIM THAT HE IS ENTITLED TO RECEIVE EARNED TIME ALLOWANCE ON THE MANDATORY PORTION OF HIS ARMED ROBBERY CONVICTION TO BE APPLIED TO A ...


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