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Attorney General vows to track down deadbeat parents

The following is a press release from the state of Mississippi:

Jackson, MS - A Louisiana man will go to jail for failing to support his child in Mississippi, announced Attorney General Jim Hood Tuesday.

Mark Bushnell, 49, of Alexandria, Louisiana pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday for felony non-support of a child before Rankin County Circuit Court Judge John Emfinger.  Bushnell was sentenced to five years in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Corrections, with eight months imprisonment, and the remainder as supervised post-release supervision.

During the years of supervised post-release supervision, Bushnell is to pay an additional $200 a month on top of his regular child support obligation until his arrearage of $25,000 is paid in full.  He must also pay court costs. 

"We will track our state's deadbeats all over the country if we have to," said Attorney General Jim Hood. "Not paying your child support is a crime 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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