News Briefs From Across The State
By Monica Land
Guard was killed in attack
One guard was killed and 20 people were injured in the May 20 riot at the privately-run Adams County Correctional Facility in Natchez, which holds illegal immigrants convicted of crimes in the U.S.
Pedro Gonzalez De Los Reyes has been charged and a complaint filed by an FBI agent says he assaulted a guard.
Reyes is at least the third inmate charged in the case. One, Juan Lopez-Fuentes, pleaded guilty Aug. 27 in U.S. District Court in Natchez. He faces up to 10 years in prison at sentencing Nov. 19.
Ex-officer sentenced on child porn charges
A former Ocean Springs police officer has been sentenced to serve five years in prison after authorities found child porn downloaded to his department issued computer.
Steven Ray Futral was sentenced by Jackson County Circuit Judge Dale Harkey.
Futral had pleaded guilty in October to five counts of child exploitation.
Futral was also ordered to spend five years on post-release supervision.
The sentences are to run concurrently, and Futral will receive credit for time already served.
Prosecutors say Futral downloaded sexually explicit images of children as young as 9 years old from at least five different websites. Futral was arrested in 2010 and fired shortly after.
MDA hosting business development trip
The Mississippi Development is hosting a building/construction exposition and business development mission to the Caribbean.
The trip will be from March 1-7 with stops in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.
Officials say the trip will connect Mississippi firms in the building and construction industry with business opportunities in those three Caribbean markets.
Rose Boxx, MDA’s Latin America trade specialist, says U.S. exports to the Caribbean have increased substantially over the past few years. She says the trip is an opportunity for Mississippi businesses whose products and services are used for construction projects to get into the market.