Sentenced for auto and home burglaries, a Brandon 21-year-old could spend the next 60 years of his life behind bars.
Some community members are criticizing that punishment but Rankin County authorities are saying you don't know the half of it.
Gregory Tyler Moore pleaded guilty to five counts of home burglary and six counts of breaking into vehicles, according to sentencing documents.
Authorities say moore admitted to the crimes and that he was selling stolen goods to feed his addiction to pills.
Rankin County Sheriff Bryan Bailey said he's expecting their overall crime-rate to drop by a number of percentage points because this one man is off the streets.
Some viewers on our NEWS CHANNEL 12 Facebook page commented that Moore is a young man who made a few mistakes, so why give him a half-century prison stay?
What NEWS CHANNEL 12 discovered was the rap sheet that read like a one-man crime wave.
"During an interview he admitted to breaking in to over 97 cars," Sheriff Bailey said. "He was only indicted for six counts of auto burglary."
He also says Moore is connected to 10 burglaries. The plea bargain only included five.
"Four of them are occupied dwellings - people at home, in bed, asleep - this individual's going around in their house. And to me, that's, what if it was your wife or your daughter woke up. What would he have done. It had the potential to be a very deadly situation," Sheriff Bailey said.
He's clarifying the situation after a series of facebook posts accused the justice system of being too harsh. He says what people don't know is that moore fled to Louisiana before his family convince him to come back.
"I guess he got cold feet at the last minute. In downtown Brandon he jumped out of the car and started a manhunt in downtown Brandon on a Sunday morning to the Reservoir area subdivision where he was captured by deputies up there," Sheriff Bailey said.
Rankin County District Attorney Michael Guest also recalls the arrest.
"Once Mr. Moore was in jail there was an attempt to escape custody of the Rankin County jail by him and another inmate," Guest said.
Sheriff Bailey also says he is addressing the online concern that this was just a young man who lost control of his life through drugs.
"That is a sickness and I hope they get help for it but that doesn't give him a right to break the law and steal honest hard-working people's property," Bailey said.
Moore's family has called the punishment "political" but has not explained their position further.
D.A. Guest also says a statutory rape charge was dropped as a part of Moore's plea bargain.
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