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Jones County resident arrested for abuse of a vulnerable person

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The following is a press release from the office of the Mississippi Attorney General

A Jones County man has been arrested and charged with the felonious abuse of a vulnerable person and obstruction of justice, announced Attorney General Jim Hood today.   

Chris Hilliard, age 21, of Laurel, was arrested December 5 by investigators with the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit following two indictments in November by a Jones County Grand Jury.  Chris Hilliard was working as a direct care worker at a care facility in Jones County where the victim resided.

The indictment alleges that Chris Hilliard" did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously inflict pain or injury upon a vulnerable person" by striking the vulnerable person about the head and face with his hands and fists in violation of 43-47-19 (3) of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, as amended; and then, "did willfully, unlawfully and feloniously obstruct justice by means of bribing a witness" in violation of 97-9-109 of the Mississippi Code of 1972, Annotated, as amended.

Hilliard was booked into the Jones County jail and bond has not been set at this time.  If convicted of the charges against him, he faces up to 25 years behind bars. 

The case is being investigated by Jamie Patrick and will be prosecuted by Special Assistant Attorney General Garland Lyell of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.

As with all cases, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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