A Meridian man has answered in court for his failure to support his child, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.
William Dew, 39, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday for Felony Non-Support of his two children before Lauderdale County Circuit Court Judge Lester Williamson, Jr.
As to each count, Judge Williamson sentenced Dew concurrently to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with five years suspended, post release supervision. The Judge also ordered, and the defendant paid today, $1,200 towards his back child support of $14,500. The defendant was also ordered to pay court costs.
Dew is to, during the course of the five year sentence, pay an additional $300 a month on top of his regular child support obligation until his arrearage is paid in full.
"This defendant has a felony on his record, because he would not take care of his own children," said Attorney General Hood. "Deadbeat parents can't hide from their obligations in Mississippi."
The Attorney General’s Child Desertion Unit under the leadership of Director and Special Assistant Attorney General Deshun T. Martin prosecuted this case.
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