Edwards Given 20 Years, And A Handgun In Jail


INDIANOLA, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Sunflower County Circuit Court jury found 28-year-old Lucas Edwards guilty of multiple charges stemming from a shootout with Indianola Police. On October 10, 2014, Indianola Police Department officers chased Edwards to a residence at 110 Easy Street for an outstanding warrant for sexually assaulting his then girlfriend. After a standoff, Edwards pulled out a handgun and shot at the Indianola officers. About three hours later Edwards surrendered to Sheriff James Haywood. Edwards was charged and now convicted, with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In an ironic twist, after he was returned to the Sunflower County jail after his court appearance he was later discovered to again have a gun – this time in his jail cell. Sunflower County Sheriff James Haywood has asked the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation to open an inquiry to determine who provided the weapon to Edwards. District Attorney Dewayne Richardson added that Lucas Edwards has at least 5 prior felony convictions in Sunflower County. Yesterday’s jury deliberations took 30 minutes and at the end, Edwards was found guilty and is facing an additional mandatory 20 years in prison, and perhaps more if charges are filed for his possession of a handgun – in jail.

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